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Cops who led black man by rope won’t face criminal investigation

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This article, Police officers who led black men by rope will not be subjected to criminal investigation, originally appeared in CBSNews.com

Two Texas police officers who led a handcuffed black man while on horseback will not face a criminal investigation by the state law enforcement agency, officials said on Friday. The Texas Rangers said an investigation found "nothing to justify a criminal investigation."

Galveston police officers, who were identified as P. Brosch and A. Smith, were seen riding on August 3 while leading 43-year-old Donald Neely by a rope tied in handcuffs. He had been arrested on charges of criminal wrongdoing.

Later, Neely was released on bail and the police returned to work days after his arrest.

A photo of the arrest apologized to Galveston police chief Vernon L. Hale, who said the police caused Neely "unnecessary embarrassment." Hale asked the Galveston County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Ranger Division, which is part of the state's Department of Public Security, to conduct an investigation.

The Rangers said in a statement they had conferred with the Galveston County Prosecutor's Office, "which determined that there was nothing to warrant a criminal investigation." He also said police actions "did not violate the law."

The Galveston County Sheriff's Office is still conducting its own investigation. Could not find office representatives to comment.

In his apology earlier this month, Hale said horse arrest was "a trained technique and a best practice in some scenarios," but he believed police officers "showed poor judgment in this case."

"My police officers had no malicious intent at the time of arrest, but we immediately changed the policy to prevent the use of this technique and will review all training and set up procedures for more appropriate methods," said Hale.

Neely's family demanded that the police department release camera footage from both police officers.

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