Texas Cops Pictured on Horseback Leading Handcuffed Black Man Through Streets by a Rope

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Just when you thought that the world couldn’t get any worse, you find out something that truly makes you lose faith in humanity. We’re still shaking from the horrific acts of terrorism in the USA this weekend, and, now, thanks to the wonders of the internet, we’ve witnessed a scene that looks like one of the most shameful pages in a history book. But it happened in 2019.

Yesterday, a man posted an image on Twitter that is actually difficult to look at. It showed two Texas mounted police officers walking a black man through the streets of Galveston on a rope – and, yes, the images are even more horrendous than they sound.

The Black Lives Matter movement came as a response to the killing of an unarmed black man by police officers which became almost an epidemic – and was hugely frightening.

It seems clear that the difference of experience of day-to-day life between a black and a white citizen of the USA poses a huge ideological and social problem to the country.

While Trump denies his prejudice constantly, for many of us, it’s hard to avoid noticing that Trump holds some rather problematic views regarding different ethnic minorities.

The incident in question took place in Galveston, a beach city in the south of Texas – and a place not known for being particularly liberal-minded.

And, this week, two members of the Galveston Police Department were seen on horseback behaving in a manner that seemed hugely archaic – and even more problematic.

In it, two white mounted police officers walk an arrested black man through the streets of Galveston, attached to them via a rope.

One Twitter user even pointed out the similarity between the badges of the original Houston Slave Patrol and the current Texas Police Department.

While they currently are supposed to operate without racial bias, the fact that they have such racist roots is pretty frightening stuff.

In it, the historical abuses of black men in America are compared (and come up horrifically close to) what’s going on in Galveston today.

While, generally, participating in racial injustices is frowned upon in the USA, some believe that the police and other authority figures can get away with it far more easily.

The man in the pictures, identified as forty-three-year-old Donald Neely, is said to suffer from mental illness, and a vulnerable person should not have been treated in such an obviously problematic way.

Following several warnings, Neely was arrested for criminal trespass. As the police were mounted, walking him alongside their horses was a judgment call they made.

In them, white criminals are arrested by mounted police and stay next to the horses in the same way. Although, as one Twitter user commented, “I don’t see them being walked like a dog. Good try though.”

It does seem like the police should have known that there’s no way that this would have looked good – and they could have stayed and waited with him until a car came.

She viewed the entire act as symbolic of how the Galveston Police Department feel about black people.

As they’ve now released a statement claiming that the officers’ actions were wrong, saying that they “showed poor judgement” in their actions. You’re telling us.

For a city with a potentially racially insensitive reputation, this really wasn’t a good look for Galveston police.

The El Paso shooter, who had not just criminally trespassed, but murdered more than twenty people in an act of racially motivated violent terrorism, was taken quite peacefully by police. Truly, the mind boggles.

There have been many calls from the public for further action to be taken against these police officers – not only to punish them for their actions, but to hopefully prevent such horrifying incidents happening in the future.

We’ll let this speak for itself. Lack of judgment – or something more insidious? If you want to learn more about the pernicious power of institutional racism, check out this viral Twitter thread below.