Galveston Family and Attorney Demand Police Body Cam Footage After Horseback Arrest

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Civil rights advocates and the family of a Black man are demanding that police release body camera video of his arrest, after a photo of him handcuffed and bound with rope went viral. Two white Texas police officers walked him down a street on horseback. 

Officer P. Borsch and Officer A. Smith from the Galveston Police Department arrested Donald Neely, 43, on criminal trespassing charges at 601 23rd Street. An onlooker posted the disturbing photo of the arrest on social media on August 3 and sparked national outrage. The department noted in a statement on Facebook that Neely had been warned before about trespassing in the area. Authorities said Neely, who is Black, was handcuffed “and a line was clipped to the handcuffs.” Both officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the arrest.

Galveston Police Chief Vernon L. Hale, III issued an apology and said that…

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