Black man who police led by rope sues Texas city for $1 million
Mr. Neely, has sued a southeast Texas city and its police department for $1 million, saying he suffered humiliation and fear during his arrest.A lawsuit filed last week in Galveston County district court on behalf of Donald Neely, 44, alleged the officers’ conduct was “extreme and outrageous”, both physically injuring Mr. Neely and causing him emotional distress, news outlets reported, citing the court documents.
Photos of the August 2019 encounter showed Mr. Neely being led by the officers on a rope linked to handcuffs — reminiscent of pictures showing slaves in chains.Mr. Neely, who was homeless at the time, was sleeping on a sidewalk when he was arrested for criminal trespass and led around the block to a mounted patrol staging area. In body-camera video, one officer could be heard twice saying that leading Mr. Neely by rope down city streets would look “bad”.