Photo via video screen grab
Photo via video screen grab

A black man who was led by a rope down a Texas street by two white officers on horseback has sued the city and its police department for $1m (£750,000).

Galveston Police apologised last year after footage emerged of Donald Neely, 44, arrested for criminal trespassing.

A lawsuit filed this week alleged the officers’ conduct was “extreme and outrageous” and caused Mr Neely injury and emotional and mental anguish.

The trespass charges against Mr Neely were later dismissed in court.

Many people on social media compared the footage of Mr Neely to the slavery era, an allusion referenced explicitly in the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, the officers should have been aware that Mr Neely, “being led with a rope and by mounted officers down a city street as though he was a slave, would find this contact offensive”.

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