Mounted Galveston Police officer pulls a man on a leash

It does not matter if the black man in the photograph is a criminal. The depiction of his interface with police officers is unforgivable and deserving of much more than a simple reprimand/ I called the Galveston Police Department and am awaiting a callback.

– Adrienne Bell

“We have verified with law enforcement officials in Galveston, that the photograph taken in Galveston is real. It is hard to understand why these officers felt this young man required a leash, as he was handcuffed and walking between two mounted officers. It is a scene that has invoked anger, disgust, and questions from the community.”

“We will be watching for the Galveston Police Department’s response to their investigation of this matter and the accountability of the officers involved. Swift action is needed to ensure that no one is demeaned in this manner again, and arrest procedures are fair, just, and humane.”

Among some of the gibberish they sent me in the press release, they claim the rope was not a leash. Of course, it was a rope connected to his handcuffs — effectively a leash. Even the terrorist who killed 22 people in El Paso was escorted to the police car humanely.

This is what I would think. Mounted police should not be pulling arrestees along with a lead rope.

And while police horses are generally well trained to not react in traffic or to noises or movements around them, no one should ever walk (and especially not someone who has no choice or ability to escape) in the danger zone within reach of a horse’s back feet. A kick can be deadly. This was gross abuse. Officers should be investigated and disciplined.