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On the streets of Galveston, Texas, two white policemen on horseback pull a black suspect by a rope
Arrested for a property breach, Donald Neely was handcuffed and held by a rope by policemen on horseback, in Galveston, Texas, on Saturday, August 3.

Two white men, on horseback, "walk around" leave a black man with his hands tied behind his back. The scene does not date from the American slavery era, it took place on Saturday, August 3, 2019 in Galveston, Texas. The two men on horseback are policemen and the man walking behind, handcuffed and held by a rope, is Donald Neely, a suspect arrested for a property violation.

In the face of public outcry over photos of this social network arrest, local police chief Vernon Hale apologized to the suspect on Tuesday. "For this useless embarrassment". In a statement posted on Facebook, the Galveston police chief explained that the suspect would normally have been driven to the police station, but that only police officers were on the scene. available on the moment. Donald Neely, 43, was therefore handcuffed, a rope was tied to his handcuffs and he was "Escorted between two mounted agents", can we read in the communique.

 € œAlthough it is a taught technique and the best practice in some circumstances, I feel that our agents made a bad decision and could have waited for the arrival. Of a vehicle  »notes Hale, however. Aware of "The negative perception of this action"The police chief of the 50,000-strong Texan city also decided to suspend the use of this technique during the arrests.

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"Racism at work"

The suspect's family lawyer, Michelle Morris, announced that Neely's relatives were considering a lawsuit and claiming that the officers responsible for the arrest were dismissed from the police. "The police should have sought to provide psychiatric help to Mr. Neely [sans-domicile-fixe souffrant de troubles bipolaires] before placing him in custody ", regrets the lawyer, quoted in the daily newspaper Houston Chronicle.

The scene of the arrest, which recalls the enslaved slaves, black lynchés or even the condemned voluntarily exhibited on the public road, brought several political and associative directors to sâ € | To re-examine the treatment of Afro-Americans by the authorities.

"If that had been a white man, he would not have been treated like that"assured Leon Phillips, president of the Galveston Coalition for Justice, quoted by New York Times. "We are in 2019, not in 1819", for its part, is astounded, in the Houston Chronicle, James Douglas, president of the NAACP's Houston office, the first organization to defend black Americans.

"A black man dragged by a rope by police officers in 2019. (â € |) We must denounce what it is: from racism to the work", a, on his side, tweeted Texan Beto O 'Rourke, candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency of 2020.

Donald Neely was released on bail and returned to the streets of Galveston.

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