Attorney for man led by rope in Texas wants officers' bodycam video released
© Storyful

A lawyer for a Galveston, Texas, man whom mounted police led through the street using a rope demanded on Monday the release of body camera footage of the incident, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“Until you release that video from that body cam, we’re not going anywhere,” civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing Donald Neely, said Monday, according to the newspaper.

ADVERTISEMENT

“And in fact, if you don’t release it within 30 days, we’re gonna invite other mental health advocates, we’re gonna invite other human rights advocates and have a great march on Galveston and we’re gonna march the same streets that you dragged Donald Neely down by rope,” he added.

Neely, who family members have said is bipolar and has schizophrenia, was arrested last week on trespassing charges. The city of Galveston announced it has requested a third-party probe into the arrest.

“I want to take the police chief and the police department at their word that these are good officers and these officers are of good character, but because of what we did see, we can’t take their word on that,” Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin as well as Tamir Rice, an African American child shot by a Cleveland police officer while playing with a toy gun, said Monday.

The arrest of Neely, who is black and was arrested by white officers, led to widespread outrage from racial justice and mental health advocates.

Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale issued an apology after the images went viral earlier in the month.

“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,” Hale said in a statement.

The Texas Rangers will also conduct a criminal investigation into the arrest, according to the Chronicle.