Black man led by mounted police while bound with a rope sues Texas city for $1 million

first_imgErin Toberman/FacebookBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(GALVESTON, Texas) — A Black man who was led by mounted police down a Texas street while bound with a rope last year is suing the city and its police department for $1 million, court documents show.In August 2019, Donald Neely was arrested on criminal trespass charges in Galveston, just outside of Houston. Images and video of his arrest, during which two white police officers led him down the street handcuffed with a rope tied to their horses, sparked outrage.A petition filed this week in Galveston County’s district court called the officers’ conduct “extreme and outrageous” and claimed that it caused Neely injury, emotional distress and mental anguish.“Neely suffered from handcuff abrasions, suffered from the heat, and suffered from embarrassment, humiliation and fear as he was led by rope and mounted officers down the city street,” the lawsuit claims.The lawsuit charges that the arresting officers should have realized that 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.”The lawsuit is also alleging malicious prosecution over Neely’s criminal trespass charge, which was ultimately dismissed in court.A Galveston spokesperson told ABC News the city does not comment on pending litigation.A status conference is currently scheduled for Jan. 7, 2021. Neely is demanding a trial by jury, court records show.Galveston Police Chief Vernon L. Hale III issued an apology in the aftermath of the arrest on behalf of the department, saying the officers “showed poor judgment.” The department said at the time it would cease the use of mounted horses to transport a person under arrest.A subsequent investigation by the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety determined the arrest didn’t warrant a criminal investigation.Following that investigation, the department released body camera footage of the incident. In it, the officers can be heard acknowledging the optics of the scene.“This is going to look so bad. I’m glad you’re not embarrassed, Mr. Neely,” one of the officers is heard saying.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Here’s what the week’s $10M-$30M investment sales market looked like

first_img An LLC purchased a one-story warehouse in East Williamsburg at 418-450 Johnson Avenue and 79 Ingraham Street from LLCs linked to Christine Harper for $13.3 million. Jeon America Inc. bought a five-story office building at 42 West 28th Street in Manhattan for $10.5 million from Uk Choi’s Legend Corp. The property spans about 42,000 square feet. A quartet of LLCs bought 2018 Avenue U in Sheepshead Bay from Crown Acquisitions for $10.3 million. The purchase consisted of a one-story commercial building and parking lot. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowcenter_img 2018 Avenue U and 252 Newport Street in Brooklyn (Credit: Google Maps)Four mid-market investment sales in New York City were made public last week, including Kayne Anderson’s roughly $21 million purchase of a four-story warehouse in Brownsville and Jeon America’s $10.5 million purchase of a five-story office building in Koreatown. Here are the details. An LLC linked to Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors bought a four-story warehouse at 252 Newport Street in Brownsville for $20.75 million from an LLC linked to the Davis Companies. Kayne Anderson previously purchased a former Jehovah’s Witnesses property in Brooklyn Heights for $200 million.last_img read more

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EHF CL TOP 16: SG Flensburg VS THW Kiel!

first_img2 Comments Recommended for you alex 24. February 2015. at 16:18 ShareTweetShareShareEmail Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. PSG Handball beat PGE Vive Kielce Amazing . Furious PICK Szeged win in Sweden 2 Comments Pingback: US Dunkerque sign Predrag Vejin from BM Ademar Leon! | Handball Planet Related Items:Velux EHF Champions League ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsVELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 phase will provide amazing experience for all the fans across Europe. SG Flensburg and THW Kiel will fight for the TOP in the replay of last year EHF CL Final in Cologne. A lot of interesting matches ahead of us…Naturhouse La Rioja – MKB MVM VeszpremMontpellier Handball – KS Vive Tauron KielceSG Flensburg – THW KielAalborg – FC BarcelonaOrlen Wisla Plock – RK VardarUS Dunkerque – PSG HandballRhein Neckar Lowen – PICK SzegedPPD Zagreb – KIF Kolding KobenhavnThe first matches are scheduled for March 11-15, while the second leg will be played between March 18-22. VELUX EHF CL 2018/2019 All Star team – Four RK Vardar, two Veszprem…last_img read more

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Commission portfolios redrawn for next term

first_imgIn announcing the line-up of his Commission, José Manuel Barroso has redrawn the division of responsibilities between commissioners and made changes to the structure of some Commission departments.  Home affairs and security will be split off from justice and citizenship, with which it is currently united in one department with one commissioner. The portfolio of the commissioner for development and humanitarian aid, has been split. Andris Piebalgs will take charge of development and will represent the Commission at meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council. Rumiana Jeleva will be responsible for international co-operation, humanitarian aid and crisis response. Responsibility for audit and combating fraud is to be separated off from administration – the Commission’s personnel, building and security issues. Maroš Šefc?ovic?, who takes on the administration job, will also be in charge of relations with the other EU institutions and will represent the Commission at meetings of the General Affairs Council. Reunited Consumer affairs, the portfolio currently held by Bulgaria’s Meglena Kuneva, will be combined with health. The two were split into separate portfolios in 2007. Similarly, multilingualism is reunited with education and culture. As previously trailed, the current directorate-general for transport and energy will be split into two parts. The commissioners and directorates-general for transport and energy will lose responsibility for state-aid decisions in their fields, which will move to the commissioner and directorate-general for competition. There will be a new directorate-general for climate action created by taking directorate C from the directorate-general for environment. Responsibility for clean air, currently part of directorate C, will remain in DG Environment. The civil protection units in the environment directorate-general will move to the directorate-general for humanitarian aid. Responsibility for pharmaceuticals moves from the Commission’s enterprise department to the revamped health and consumers department (DG Sanco) – a move that will please public-health campaigners, who have been lobbying hard for this change. DG Sanco will also take on responsibilities for biotechnology and pesticides from the environment department, but will lose consumer contract and marketing law to the new DG Justice.last_img read more

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Aid for Sudan declining

first_imgA power struggle in South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, has swollen the number of internally displaced people by 1.4 million over the past 12 months, to 3.8 million, obliging donors to increase their support. The European Commission has released €130 million in emergency aid this year for South Sudan.The authorities in Sudan recently agreed, for the first time, to allow an aid convoy to cross into South Sudan, where around 220,000 Sudanese have fled. Sudan, however, continues to block aid to two of its own states, South Kordofan and Blue Nile, where fighting has affected around 1.1 million people since 2011.The Commission, which is the third-largest contributor to the WFP’s Sudan programme this year, has spent more than €200m on emergency-related aid in Sudan since 2011. The European Union is currently reassessing its policy towards Sudan, where a diplomatic initiative to encourage a national dialogue has made very little progress since January. Presidential elections will be held in April. The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) is calling for a renewed effort to ease the humanitarian crises in Sudan, expressing fear that competing emergencies have reduced attention to the 4.1 million people in Sudan in need of food aid.Adnan Khan, the WFP’s director for Sudan, said during a visit to Brussels that the level of funding for the international community’s support effort for Sudan – the ‘strategic response plan’, of which the WFP’s aid is just a part – had since 2009 fallen from 70% to only 47%, a drop that he attributed largely to the number of international crises and the protracted nature of Sudan’s 11-year conflict in the western province of Darfur.The WFP’s own programme has a shortfall of 30% this year.last_img read more

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Death notices and services for Wednesday, August 17, 2011

first_img Services today: Death notices:George Arthur Eden, 48, of Savannah, Grand Cayman Island died Saturday, August 13, 2011. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland. Chelsey Roberts, 12, of Port Arthur died Saturday, August 13, 2011. Gabriel Funeral Home, Port ArthurQuincy Kirk Wilridge, 29, of Baytown formerly of Anahuac died Saturday, August 12, 2011. Proctor’s Mortuary.center_img Wilhemnia Johnson, New Hope Baptist Church, Port Arthur. 11 a.m.Travis Carl Romero, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves. 2 p.m.last_img read more

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TCEQ: Valero project should move forward

first_img It takes a lot of courage for a naysayer to stand up before a crowd composed of people with views contrary to their own. We salute their courage.That said, it appears the principal objection was not that the project is unworthy or unsafe but rather that TCEQ erred in not advertising the last meeting. The project appears to meet TCEQ’s standards and it promises both a short-term benefit in the way of some 1,500 temporary construction jobs and a longterm benefit in the addition of 40 high-pay permanent jobs.Jefferson County and the wider Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area lag behind most of the state for unemployment and adding good jobs seems right a wise course for reducing joblessness. That’s a good reason to move ahead.The project would also bolster the local economy if Valero makes good on its promise to use local vendors during construction. Right now, this community could use a boost. In TCEQ’s case, the agency didn’t give adequate notice about a previous public meeting on Valero’s application. Former City Councilman John Beard brought that to the attention of the Port Arthur City Council, which rightly asked that TCEQ follow its own procedures. Thus, last Thursday’s meeting at the Carl A. Parker Center at Lamar State College Port Arthur.About 200 people attended the meeting, many sporting stickers in support of the project. That’s their perfect right.There were a handful of people present who either opposed the project or had legitimate questions about it. That’s why such meetings are held — to fully flesh out public sentiments on such projects and to discuss their upsides and downsides. Last week’s Texas Commission on Environmental Quality public hearing over a planned billion-dollar coker unit project at Valero — it would be the second at the company’s 4,000-acre site — was a win-win for the mandated process and for Greater Port Arthur people.TCEQ apparently erred in not crossing its own T’s and dotting its own I’s in its review procedures for the project, which should be completed and ready for production by 2021. There’s a lot of energy-related investment in Jefferson County; we should encourage safe development of worthy projects.center_img It’s of little wonder, then, that the project seemed to generate some enthusiasm among the crowd, many of whom work at the plant or were otherwise engaged in industrial development. Industry is one sector that continues to thrive in Port Arthur and we as a community would do well to support such a strong suit.The project promises to increase plant production by some 20 percent, which would strengthen Valero’s position in a competitive industry. That would strengthen jobs here for the 800 employed as well as newcomers.Absent a reason to say no, TCEQ ought to say yes.last_img read more

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Mission council pulls two crosswalk flashers from grant application, keeps bike lanes for length of Lamar

first_imgThe intersection at 63rd Terrace and Nall Avenue is one that had a flashing beacon pulled from a grant application.The Mission City Council, on a split vote this week, agreed to amend a federal grant application, dropping requested funding for two flashing pedestrian crossing signals recommended in a safe routes to school report.The council did support the application for bike lanes running the length of Lamar Avenue. The crosswalk improvements had been scheduled for 63rd and Nall and 53rd and Outlook. Those pedestrian flashers were intended to help students get to Highlands and Rushton Schools.The deadline for grant applications through the Mid-America Regional Council came before the safe routes study was completed. City staff worked with consultants to prepare an application that included all three projects.“Following discussion at the June 1st Community Development Committee meeting, there have been multiple concerns expressed regarding the projects submitted in the grant application. Before we proceed any further, it is important that the City Council take action on whether to continue to advance the grant request through the process,” a staff memo from City Administrator Laura Smith read.“If the Council is not comfortable with the grant as submitted, Staff recommends withdrawing one, or both, of the beacons from the application, but leaving the striping of bike lanes on Lamar intact,” the memo said.Councilor Suzie Gibbs made a motion to remove both flashing light intersections from the request, but support the bike lanes. Councilors Ron Appletoft, Arcie Rothrock and Nick Schlossmacher voted against the motion. All three indicated they thought other projects were more important. The remaining council members voted for the motion.The total project cost was $151,000 with a proposed construction start in 2019. The city was eligible for up to 80 percent of the cost paid by the grant. As of last month, Smith told the council, the city’s application had received the highest scoring in the metro in the grant process.The total cost of the Lamar bike lanes is $85,849 with the city’s share expected to be $17,849.last_img read more

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Mission officials, residents look to alternative designs for planters on Hodges Drive

first_imgThe planter at Hodges Drive and West 62nd Street in Mission.Mission city leaders and residents have developed an initial plan for the large planters blocking the ends of three streets on Hodges Drive.City leaders last night considered a plan developed by a working group of residents. The design alternative sketched out by a working group of residents and GBA, the architect on the job, will first be tested out at the intersection of Hodges, Juniper and 61st Terrace. It involves installing essentially an “island” in the intersection with a design that also includes pavers and a gate.Public safety vehicles would have a key to the gate for better accessibility in exiting the area.The design alternative was part of a compromise between the residents’ desires to keep dead end-style streets and the city’s intent to comply with federal standards while also creating accessibility for emergency responders and public works vehicles.Hodges Drive working group representatives Sara Newell (left) and Ron Monson agreed with the council’s decision to get more resident feedback.City councilmembers have agreed with the working group’s design alternative, which will cost about $12,000 to $15,000. Initial plans are to replace one of the planters — the one at 61st Terrace that broke during a police pursuit in spring 2018 — with this new design alternative. Installing the design alternative at all three intersections would cost $36,000 to $45,0000.Councilmembers also expressed wishes to install gates at the other two intersections, but they’ve tasked staff with asking the group about neighbors’ wishes. They also deliberated on more expensive design options. Councilmember Kristin Inman said she wanted to bounce ideas off the working group.“I would really want to look at the work group that came together and put a lot of time and effort into trying to come up with a solution,” Inman said. “I would hate to just completely start over after all their hard effort.”Councilmember Nick Schlossmacher said he wanted the council to consider cost-sharing for design alternatives that would be more aesthetically appealing but cost more money.“At one point, if we’re talking about more expensive options and ongoing maintenance, maybe some of that responsibility falls on the people that live in that area,” he said. “We’re going to incur higher cost options to maintain some of those aesthetics; Should there be some assessment on people that live on those streets? I think it’s worth that conversation.”Mission Councilmember Nick SchlossmacherThe planters block three streets connecting to Hodges Drive: West 62nd Terrace, West 62nd Street and Juniper Drive/West 61st Terrace (those two roads merge at the intersection). They don’t meet federal highway standards as proper barricades for a number of reasons, including that they create a hazard for motorists, but the neighbors have said they enjoy the planters because they turn their streets into dead ends that keep traffic local.The three streets feeding into Hodges Drive were originally dead end streets, and neighbors have consistently shared their wishes to keep the streets blocked after Hodge Drive was built. The issue once again came to the city’s attention after the police pursuit last spring that resulted in a vehicle crashing into one of the planters.City Administrator Laura Smith noted that the city’s main concerns are ensuring accessibility for emergency responder vehicles as well as snow plows, trash trucks and public works vehicles.Residents have said they want to keep the planters or some kind of barrier to foster a better sense of community among their neighborhood and safe walking spaces with the reduced traffic. They also cited lower crime rates and higher home values for properties on dead end streets.Residents who participated in the working group said they want a “hard” barrier such as a gate, wall or planter to be at each of the three intersections.Smith said there is no law or regulation that requires immediate removal of the planters.last_img read more

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Gophers fall to Michigan after second-period slump

first_imgGophers fall to Michigan after second-period slumpThe Gophers were outshot 22-5 in the second period, and they gave up two unanswered goals in that frame.Jasmin KempSenior Tyler Sheehy looks to pass the puck on Friday, Feb. 1 at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Jack WarrickFebruary 2, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota was tied with Michigan 1-1 going into the second period, then things fell apart.Michigan pummeled Gophers goaltender Mat Robson with 19 shots, while Minnesota couldn’t get off a single one to start the second period. Finally, with just over 5:00 remaining in the period, Gophers freshman Sammy Walker shot and made contact with the goalie. But the damage had been done, and Michigan led 3-1 after two periods of play.“I’ve been pretty positive all year, and I’m not real positive right now. That was not a good game for us,” said Gophers head coach Bob Motzko. “Sometimes you have to have good old fashioned knee bend.”Minnesota gave up two goals while being outshot 22-5 in the second period. Though Brannon McManus responded with a goal in the third period, Michigan bit back with one of its own and Minnesota fell 4-2 in the first game of the weekend at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday.McManus scored in the third period on the power play, responding from the second period’s two goals to make it 3-2. Then, later in the period, Jack Ramsey shot what would be the equalizer just an inch too high; the puck rang out with a ding and fell into the netting near the Gophers’ student section. Michigan’s Nicholas Boka scored with 3:24 left in the game, and Minnesota couldn’t respond from the two-goal deficit.“That was a tough one to give up to get them to four because we put ourselves in a position at the end. We did have a push,” Motzko said.Minnesota scored first with less than five minutes played in the game when Rem Pitlick scored on the power play. It was a one-timer slap shot from Tommy Novak for a 1-0 lead at 15:25 on the clock in the first period. Minnesota leads the Big Ten in power play and penalty kill this season. It scores on 26 percent of power plays and allows a goal on just over 15 percent of penalty kills. The Gophers have scored a power play goal in each of the last six games, and they were 2-7 on Friday. They haven’t scored a regular five-on-five goal in the past two games. “Five-on-five, that’s important. It’s good that our special teams are working, but we need to be more effective 5-on-5,” Pitlick said. Michigan answered at 12:46 left in the first with a rebound goal from forward Will Lockwood to make it 1-1.Minnesota let Michigan take the lead in the second period when Michigan’s Garrett Van Wyhe scored with 11:58 on the clock in the second period. Gophers defenseman Robbie Stucker had the puck stolen from him behind the net, and Michigan converted on the mistake. Later in the second, Michigan’s Michael Pastujov scored to put his team up 3-1 with 5:26 left in the second. The Gophers didn’t get a shot until 5:07 left in the period, and they tallied five total in the period. On the other side, Michigan’s forwards barraged Robson with 22 in the second frame.“Obviously after the second we’re thinking we can still get back into it, so we’re trying to get some life back into our bench and keep going,” Novak said. McManus made it interesting late in the game to bring Minnesota’s deficit to one goal when he scored on the power play with 7:26 left in regulation. Pitlick took a shot point blank in front of the Michigan goalie, and McManus was there for a back door rebound. Michigan scored a short-handed goal right as Pitlick got out of the penalty box at 3:24 left in the third to make it 4-2, Michigan leading. It was a wrap-around goal that snuck through blocker side on Robson.Minnesota will play Michigan again on Saturday at 7 p.m. for the series finale at 3M Arena at Mariucci.“I think we’ve shown that we can pretty much play with anyone and lose to anyone,” Novak said. “So I think our guys still have some hope in the locker room, and we’re looking to turn it around right now.”last_img read more

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