Galveston Officers Not Charged for Leading Black Man With Rope

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Two white, mounted patrol officers from Texas who led a handcuffed Black man down the street with a rope will not face a criminal investigation, officials said.

On August 8, the Galveston Police Department announced the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office would investigate the arrest of Donald Neely, 43. Officers P. Borsch and A. Smith from the Galveston Police Department arrested Neely, who is Black, on criminal trespassing charges at 601 23rd Street. An onlooker snapped a photo of the arrest, which subsequently went viral. The department said in a statement on Facebook that Neely had been warned about trespassing in the area prior to the arrest.

City Manager Brian Maxwell called the incident “polarizing” and said the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office “will conduct a criminal inquiry related to the arrest of Mr. Donald…

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