The horrific display of racism in the Galveston Police Department with two horse-mounted white officers leading a black man through town tethered by a rope to his hands or waist, must be challenged by dismissing the officers for blatant abuse of an arrested person; referral of the officers to the U.S. Attorneys Office for a criminal civil rights prosecution; and lastly, suspension of the chief to convince him that he needs to get his house in order.

What could possibly have motivated those officers other than racial hatred and disrespect? When was the last time the police in Galveston tied up a white burglar or trespasser, pulled him behind a horse and paraded him down your streets?

James Walrath

Milwaukee, Minnesota

(14) comments

Carlos Ponce

Again with the racism? What if the GPD had arrested a white man who received the same treatment? It HAS happened:

"GALVESTON, Texas - Two mounted Galveston police officers handcuffed two white men and escorted them using a blue leash, or rope, just like Donald Neely, the men told KPRC 2 on Wednesday.

The officers, one white and one black, approached the men on horseback on a Galveston beach several years ago, they said in separate interviews. KPRC 2 confirmed their accounts with a witness. "

Definition of "racism": The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others., Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

So the GPD is treating Black and whites THE SAME. Racism? No. If the practice and procedure was wrong then change it. And it has been.

Emile Pope

Your "definition" of racism is incorrect...

Carlos Ponce

My definition of "racism" is from the American Heritage Dictionary. Can you provide a more accurate definition and cite its source?

Emile Pope

Racism is action not belief.

Carlos Ponce

"Racism is action not belief." Good, then you must agree that these officers are not racist nor is the President racist.[beam]

Emile Pope


Carlos Ponce

Laughable, Emile. You're contradictory nature is not surprising.

Carlos Ponce

Correction: Your contradictory nature is not surprising.

Bailey Jones

"What could possibly have motivated those officers other than racial hatred and disrespect?" Racism occurs when one race of people is treated differently from another, based on animosity for that race. And it's rampant in our justice system. But in this case, there's no evidence that this technique is disproportionately employed for African Americans, or that Mr. Neely's race had anything to do with the decision to use it.

There is, however, quite a bit of evidence that this image - a black man being dragged around on a rope by white men - is so deeply embedded in our cultural memory of racism and slavery that it evokes a tremendous amount of shame and outrage in those who view it. And that's a good thing.

Carlos Ponce

Any evidence Mr. Neely was "dragged"? From the picture and the video it is apparent he was "led" to another place using a blue tether. Was idea of white men previously arrested and led about with a blue tether okay in your book because one of the arresting officers was African-American? Or were did you express "a tremendous amount of shame and outrage" upon hearing this as well? Time to look at the man in the mirror.

Having grown up on westerns the image of a law enforcement officer on horseback leading a prisoner on foot with an actual rope did not seem offensive. I never saw US Marshall Matt Dillon tell Chester or Festus to relinquish his own horse or ride up ahead to secure a buggy or another horse to transport the prisoner.

Bailey Jones

Why am I not surprised your understanding of law enforcement comes from TV westerns?

Carlos Ponce

More than that, Bailey. I knew while growing up there was a difference between TV law enforcement and reality. And there are police officers in my family. I would give all peace officers the same respect I expect others to give those relatives. And I taught several who became police officers, police chiefs and sheriff's deputies. Even though I did not have the current Galveston County Sheriff as a student I knew Henry Trochesset well as a Hitchcock student and graduate.

Miceal O'Laochdha

And to think I had always believed that Minnesota was a place on this planet. But then I have never been there and did not realize just how prejudiced they were.

Wayne Holt

I like to look on the bright side of things. At least Mr. Walrath did not demand that the police department be disbanded, GPD headquarters razed and the land it stood upon salted. Thank God for small favors.

The absurdity of some of the Outrage Caravan denizens is truly breathtaking.

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