Texas Officers Seen Walking Black Man Tied To A Rope Will Not Face Any Criminal Charges
The Texas Rangers claim there was "nothing that warranted a criminal investigation."
Two Texas officers seen walking a man through Galveston with a rope will not be subjected to a criminal investigation.
The officers, identified as P. Brosch and A. Smith, will not be investigated because authorities found “nothing that warranted a criminal investigation," CBS News reported. Rangers also determined the controversial walk "had not violated the law."
Smith and Brosch arrested Donald Neely, 43, for criminal trespassing on August 3. Neely was later released on bond.
As Blavity previously reported, congressional candidate Adrienne Bell posted a picture of the walk on her Facebook page two days after the arrest.
The picture shows the officers riding horses and leading Neely through the city with a rope tied around his handcuffs.
The picture went viral and sparked enough outrage to prompt an apology from Police Chief Vernon Hale, who admitted Smith and Brosch “showed poor judgment in this instance."
Neely’s family revealed he suffers from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression. They want law enforcement to release bodycam footage of the arrest to determine how Neely was treated during the interaction, according to ABC News.
"If these officers are good people, of good character, then the Galveston Police Department should have no problem releasing the police bodycam video," said civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing the family. "[The video will show] the content of their character when they talked to and how they treated an unarmed black citizen who was suffering from mental illnesses."
Tara Neely, Donald’s younger sister, is “still in shock” from seeing the picture.
"He cared for us, he took on a role too young. He’s not a bad person, he’s very loving," she continued. "He’s just lost his way somewhere … We love our brother, we’re not out here for money. We just want justice for him."
Despite the rangers’ decision, the Galveston County Sheriff's Office will go forward with its probe.
"The department has asked the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Texas Rangers Division and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office to perform independent investigations of the August 3rd arrest of Mr. Neely," the office said in a statement.
"This review is now with those agencies and we have full confidence they will thoroughly and justly evaluate the incident. We anticipate the body camera footage will be released after the investigations are concluded. The Texas Occupations Code...prohibits the release of the videos before that time."