Galveston Officers On Horseback Seen Leading Handcuffed Man with Rope

Style Magazine Newswire | 8/9/2019, 6:45 a.m. reports Galveston police are responding to an uproar over a photo posted to Facebook showing a man being led by officers on horses, using a rope. Donald Neely, 43, was arrested by the Galveston Police Department on Saturday, August 3 and charged with criminal trespassing. Police say the officers led him around the corner of 21st and Market, where the mounted patrol unit was staging when the photo was taken. Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale, III, says the suspect was handcuffed and the rope was clipped to the handcuffs. Police’s official statement: "… 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.” This technique is no longer being used and officers who “did not have any malicious intent” are still employed.