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CAIR-Houston Calls for Firing of Mounted Officers Who Led African-American Man by Rope

(HOUSTON, TX, 8/7/2019) – The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged the Galveston Police Department to fire the two mounted officers who led a handcuffed African-American suspect by a rope through the streets. Photos of the incident went viral on social media.

SEE: Galveston Police Chief Apologizes After Mounted Officers Lead Man by Rope

In a statement, CAIR-Houston Executive Director Lubabah Abdullah said:

“While we appreciate swift measures implemented in order to prevent this type of disturbing incident from recurring in the future, community trust in the officers involved in this incident has been irrevocably compromised. We therefore call for the firing of the officers involved. No human being should ever be humiliated and dehumanized in this manner.” 

CAIR-Houston is urging further training for the Galveston police department and that a Galveston Park Board member drop trespassing charges made against Donald Neely, the man led by the rope.

The founder of Black Lives Matter: Houston, Ashton P. Woods said: 

“We at Black Lives Matter: Houston (#BLMHOU) stand in solidarity with Donald Neely and are calling for the officers involved to be removed from the Galveston Police Department. We want the Galveston Police Department to be held fully accountable.”

The Houston-based Muslim civil rights organization also urges that mental health treatment and adequate housing be provided instead of criminalization for Neely, as well as all our vulnerable populations.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR-Houston Development and Outreach Coordinator Ambreen Hernandez,; CAIR-Houston Executive Director Lubabah Abdullah,, 713-838-2247

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