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Posted on: August 8, 2019

City requests third-party investigation of mounted patrol arrest


GALVESTON, TX – August 8, 2019 – The Galveston City Manager suggested, and the Police Chief agreed, that it is in the best interest of all involved to commission a third-party investigation of the August 3rd arrest of Mr. Donald Neely.

The Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office have agreed to conduct this investigation. The Texas Rangers will conduct a criminal inquiry related to the arrest of Mr. Donald Neely and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office will perform a full administrative review of the department’s policies and practices as they relate to the arrest. Pertinent findings will be disclosed after the investigations are completed. 

“This is such a polarizing event that it is imperative that we have an independent, third-party investigation to ensure we address any potential issues,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said.

At this time, we will not be able to publicly release any facts or details of the arrest until the investigations have been completed.

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