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Galveston Police Department issues statement after photo of arrest goes viral

Source: Erin Toberman Facebook

A controversial photo showing two officers transporting a suspect that is apparently tied to a rope has forced the Galveston Police Department to issue a statement.

The incident in question reportedly occurred over the weekend. Galveston PD says the suspect was escorted by police officers on horses because a transportation unit was not available at the time of the arrest.

The department has not said why the suspect, identified as Donald Neely, was arrested or the charges he faces.

The department has responded to the controversy by issuing a statement that reads, “While this technique of using mounted horses to transport a person during an arrest is considered a best practice in certain scenarios, such as during crowd control, the practice was not used correctly in this instance.”

Chief Vernon Hale, III went on to say, “Although this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios, I believe our officers showed poor judgment in this instance and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of the arrest.”

The department says it will now stop using the technique because of the negative perception it gives off.

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