44-year-old Donald Neely sued the city of Galveston for one million dollars after he was led down a public street by a horse-mounted cop while in a rope shackle. The victim said he suffered humiliation and fear during the arrest by Galveston police.
Neely was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was living on the streets at the time of this occurrence. He was sleeping on a sidewalk prior to his arrest for criminal trespassing.
The lawsuit accused the city of negligence and stated that Neely’s arrest in 2019 brought about emotional distress and was “extreme and outrageous.” “Neely felt as though he was put on display as slaves once were,” stated in the lawsuit. In a statement, Chief Vernon Hale referenced the behaviors as ”trained techniques and best practice in some scenarios,” although he was convinced his officers “demonstrated poor judgment.”
In response, the department has since changed its policy to prevent the use of techniques. It was determined that the officers didn’t violate any laws by their actions. Neely’s criminal trespass charge was also dismissed in court.
Julie Ketterman, a Houston attorney, filed the lawsuit in the county of Galveston. Ketterman said, “the officers involved should have been aware of the wrongfulness of their actions.”Officials refused to comment on the lawsuit to news outlets.
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