'Walk of Shame' Triggers Probe by Texas Rangers

Elias Hubbard
August 20, 2019

A Texas sheriff says his office is reviewing whether any procedures were violated in the arrest of a black man who was led by a rope through city streets by two white officers on horseback.

Texas Rangers said Friday that their own investigation determined no criminal statutes were violated in the arrest August 3 of Donald Neely on a charge of criminal trespass.

The officers in question identified only as P. Brosch and A. Smith, won't face a criminal investigation after a public outcry to examine the man's inhumane treatment while being escorted to jail in Galveston, The NY Daily News reports.

Cops arrested Donald Neely (above, left) with misdemeanor criminal trespass. In the absence of a police vehicle, the mounted police officers attached Neely, described as homeless and mentally ill, to a rope, his hands handcuffed behind his back.

And while the Rangers determined, " that there was nothing that warranted a criminal investigation", the Galveston County Sheriff's Office is still moving forward with its own probe.

There was no transportation immediately available at the time of the arrest, police also said.

'At the request of the Galveston Police Department, the Texas Rangers conducted an inquiry into this matter, which has since been completed, ' Cummings wrote in a statement on Sunday.

'Although this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios, I believe our officers showed poor judgment in this instance and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of the arrest, ' wrote Galveston Police Chief Vernon L. Hale III on Facebook.

Neither of the officers involved will be disciplined, but the police have said that changes will be made as a result.

Neely's family has demanded that the police department release body cam footage from the two officers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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