His arrest received national attention after photos showed two mounted officers from the Galveston Police Department guiding Neely through the city with what appeared to be a rope. Police said at the time that the officer kept a “line” attached to Neely’s handcuffs, not a rope, though it is not clear what the difference is.
“(The officers) knew or should have believed that Neely ̵
The lawsuit claims that Neeley was humiliated while being led on the street.
“A lot of people stopped, stared and asked questions. Neely felt like he was being shown off like slaves once were,” the lawsuit claims.
Ketterman told CNN that Neely filed the lawsuit to make sure no one else does the same thing.
“Donald wants people to know that this lawsuit is not just about money,” he wrote in an email to CNN. “It is about what is right and wrong for all people – whether they are black or white or whether they have mental illness or whether they are homeless or not.”
Since then the city has stopped using the technology for transportation
The lawsuit claims that the agents injured Neely and caused him emotional distress. He also claims that they acted maliciously and negligently while arresting him at a US post office. The lawsuit is seeking more than $ 1 million in compensation.
Donald Glywasky, the Galveston City Attorney, declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.
CNN also contacted Galveston Police for comment.
The Galveston Police Department previously apologized for Neely’s treatment, with her police chief saying last year that officers showed “poor judgment” and “could have waited for a unit. of transport to the place of arrest “.
The department said in the weeks following the incident that it changed its policy to stop the technique of using mounted horses to transport a person during an arrest.
A separate county survey looked at the police department’s policies, training and practices and was tasked with making recommendations on any changes to be implemented.
CNN’s Melissa Gray contributed to this report.