August 6, 2019
I cannot stress enough how great these optics are.
A Texas police department altered a policy Monday after pictures surfaced showing white officers on horses leading a handcuffed black man on a rope.
Adrienne Bell, who is running for U.S. Congress, tweeted the pictures showing the man, flanked by two mounted Galveston police officers. One of the officers is holding a rope, which is attached to handcuffs, which are clasped to the man’s wrists behind his back.
“It is hard to understand why these officers felt this young man required a leash, as he was handcuffed and walking between two mounted officers. It is a scene that has invoked anger, disgust, and questions from the community,” Bell said in a statement.
According to the Galveston Police Department, the officers, identified as P. Brosch and A. Smith, arrested Donald Neely, 43, for criminal trespass on Saturday.
“A transportation unit was not immediately available at the time of the arrest,” said a statement from the department. So Neely was “was handcuffed and a line was clipped to the handcuffs,” and the officer clutched the other end of the line, leading Neely.
The officers were “familiar” with Neely, and he had been warned about trespassing at the location where he was arrested from, the statement said. He was led on the rope about two blocks to “where the Mounted Patrol Unit was staging from.”
The method of handcuffing someone and escorting them between two mounted officers is usually used in volatile situations, like crowd control.
Controlling a nigger is as hard as controlling a crowd, so this is reasonable.
And it just looks great.
We have verified with law enforcement officials in Galveston, that the photograph taken in Galveston is real. It is hard to understand why these officers felt this young man required a leash, as he was handcuffed and walking between two mounted officers. pic.twitter.com/bEFZnn4qmH
— Adrienne Bell (@AdrBell) August 5, 2019
The Texas cops understand the concept of optics, and their importance.
It’s time that White activists got woke on the optics question.