In response to the article ("Photo of man being led by horseback officers draws outcry," The Daily News, Aug. 6): The leading of the bound black man down the street by white officers on a horse was so degrading to the man, and so shocked my sensibilities, that I must protest.

The officers' demeanor showed that they were not only inhumane, but also imperious.

What is the police department going to do? Please let the public know.

Angela McLemore

Chicago, Illinois

(8) comments

Carlos Ponce

"The leading of the bound black man down the street by white officers on a horse was so degrading to the man, and so shocked my sensibilities, that I must protest."

Protest if you must but know the facts. GPD has arrested non-Blacks with the same practice with no outcry. Is your outrage engaged only if a "person of color" is involved?

Kevin Lawrence, Executive Director of Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA), said:

“Contrary to what some have said, these officers did not use poor judgment. They did exactly what they are trained to do."

Emile Pope

Citing individuals with a clear bias isn't proof...

Carlos Ponce

For the son of a police officer you sure are biased against police. I wonder what Freud would say.........

Emile Pope

Accountability isn’t bias...

Carlos Ponce

Based on your previous posts spanning a few years - YOU'RE BIASED AGAINST POLICE. Whether it was about Michael Moore, Sandra Bland, etc. you always took the anti-police stance. So sad since from what I read, Emile Pope Sr. did a lot of good for this community as a police officer.

David Smith

Chicago? Surely you jest

Bailey Jones

Do a reverse image search on the photo and see how it's gone literally around the world. And mostly without context, or worse, with some new and unrelated context. The photo is no longer an image, but a symbol - for whatever people choose to project on to it.



"All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick. He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it." - Herman Melville

Wayne Holt

Here's an optics test: What response would we expect if: 1) two black officers were leading a white suspect; 2) two black officers were leading an Asian suspect; 3) one white and one black officer were leading a black suspect; 4) one Hispanic and one Asian officer were leading a black suspect?

Each one of those scenarios, in addition to the original instance, are fraught with racial, but not necessarily racist, overtones. While a lot of the emotion arises from the legacy of slavery in this country, our history can't explain all of it. If we're talking about optics and symbols, wouldn't' having a black prisoner manacled hand and foot in a courtroom be even more incendiary?

The point being: as long as we are being driven to divisions and anger by identity politics, we are moving away, and not toward, racial reconciliation. I can agree with every writer who may question humane treatment of prisoners because that questioning concerns itself with our common humanity.

Working toward racial equality means just that: seeing each other as human beings and not the stereotypes hawked by race hustlers, supremacists and others who seek to profit from our anger and confusion.

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