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According to a Galveston Police Department press release, Donald Neely, 43 year old Black man, was arrested for Criminal Trespass. Nothing newsworthy about that but what is newsworthy is the manner in which Donald Neely was taken into custody. An image captured by a bystander shows Donald Neely being led by a leash with one of the Galveston police officers holding the other end of the leash as he rides on horseback.In the image above, Donald Neely can be seen walking with his hands behind his back. The leash is clearly shown and appears to be held on one end by a Galveston Police Officer who is on horseback. The Galveston Police Department does not deny the accuracy of the photograph, instead, they attempt to deny that Mr. Neely was being led by a leash.. The Galveston Police Department issued a press release that characterizes what is seen in the image as a "a line", instead of a leash, they say it "was clipped to the handcuffs".

Galveston Police Put Black Man on a Leash
Galveston Police Put Black Man on a Leash

They go on to say that Mr. Neely was being led to 21st and Market, "where the Mounted Patrol Unit was staging from". A line or a leash? The effect is the same -- a black man is publicly humiliated and dehumanized by two white men in a manner that was routinely practiced in the not so distant past. This country has a long history of white supremacist behavior. This is but one reminder. The leash, a reminder of the bondage of slavery, was used with great affect in an important allegorical story relating to the Jim Crow South, written by Stephen Crane in 1893, and published 1901 in a sad tale entitled, "A Dark Brown Dog" the fictional text was used to help teachers and students to better understand the lingering affect of bondage on both the slave and the slave holder.

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