His arrest received national attention after photos showed two mounted Galveston Police Department officers guiding Neely around town on what appeared to be a rope. Police said at the time that the officer was holding a “leash” on Neely’s handcuffs, not rope – although it is unclear what the difference is.
“(Officers) knew or should have believed that Neely ̵
The lawsuit says Neeley was humiliated while being led down the street.
“A lot of people stopped, stared and asked questions. Neely felt like he was being exhibited as a slave,” the lawsuit said.
Ketterman told CNN that Neely filed the lawsuit to make sure no one else is going through the same thing.
“Donald wants people to know that this lawsuit is not all about money,” she wrote in an email to CNN. “It’s about what’s right and what’s wrong for everyone – whether they’re black or white, or whether they have mental illness, or whether they’re homeless or not.”
The city has since stopped using transportation techniques
The lawsuit alleges the officers injured Neely and left him emotionally charged. It is also alleged that they acted maliciously and negligently when they arrested him at a U.S. post office. The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $ 1 million.
Donald Glywasky, the Galveston District Attorney, declined to comment, citing pending litigation.
CNN has also asked the Galveston police for comment.
The Galveston Police Department previously apologized for Neely’s treatment. The police chief said last year that officers showed “poor judgment” and “could have waited for a transport unit at the site of arrest”.
The department said in the weeks following the incident that it had changed its policy to stop the technique of using mounted horses to transport a person during an arrest.
A separate investigation into the district examined the police agency’s policies, training and practices and was directed to make recommendations on changes that should be put into effect.
CNN’s Melissa Gray contributed to this report.