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'Walk of Shame' Triggers Probe by Texas Rangers

Donald Neely was tied to police horses and paraded down the street
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2019 2:31 PM CDT
In this photo provided by Erin Toberman, Donald Neely, center, is walked with handcuffs and a rope by two mounted police officers in Galveston, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.   (Courtesy of Erin Toberman via AP)

(Newser) – Two mounted cops who led a black man by rope won't be the subject of a criminal investigation—but his family is still crying foul over the incident, ABC News reports. The white Texas officers arrested Donald Neely, 43, on criminal trespass charges, tied a rope to his handcuffs, and walked him down a Galveston street on Aug. 3. Video and photos of the arrest triggered an inquiry by the Texas Rangers, who found "nothing that warranted a criminal investigation." But Galveston police still expressed remorse: "First and foremost I must apologize to Mister Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment," per Police Chief Vernon L. Hale III, who said officers P. Brosch and A. Smith "showed poor judgment" in not waiting for transport.

But Neely's family is still calling for the officers' bodycam videos to be released as they plan a civil rights march on Sept. 15, the Houston Chronicle reports. And they're threatening a lawsuit if the police footage isn't out in 30 days, per KHOU. Neely, who has 25 years of felony and misdemeanor infractions under his belt—including 19 trespassing arrests—is also a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic with bipolar disease who has lived on the streets for years. So Neely's attorney is talking to the Galveston County DA about possible mental-health treatment rather than jail time. Meanwhile, the sheriff's office is conducting its own investigation into Neely's arrest. (Read more arrest stories.)

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