Galveston, Texas Police Chief released a statement on August 6th following the outrage over a photo of a black man being led behind two mounted police officers with a rope around his handcuffs.
The department addressed the situation and said two officers arrested a 43 year old man for criminal trespass in downtown Galveston.
Hale’s statement read, “First and foremost, I must apologize to (the man arrested) for this unnecessary embarrassment.
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.
He said “my officers did not have any malicious intent at the time of the arrest, but we have immediately changed the policy to prevent the use of this technique and will review all mounted training and procedures for more appropriate methods.”
He closed by saying, “We understand the negative perception of this action and believe it is most appropriate to cease the use of this technique.”
Source: CBS News