Activists seek police video of black man arrested, tethered

1 year 6 months 3 weeks ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 September 16, 2019 11:51 AM September 16, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Protesters have demanded the release of police body camera footage showing the arrest of a homeless black man who was tethered with a rope and paraded through a Texas city by white officers on horseback.

Two Galveston police officers arrested 43-year-old Donald Neely last month, accusing him of criminal trespass.

Images showing the officers leading Neely caused public outrage, leading to a Texas Rangers investigation and a Galveston County Sheriff's office review.

The Galveston County Daily News reports that about 500 people gathered Sunday to demand the video's release. City officials say it can't be released until the sheriff's review is complete.

The Texas Rangers determined that the officers didn't break the law. Galveston's police chief says their training includes arrest by that method but that he understands the outrage.

Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

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