Activists seek video of man tethered
GALVESTON, Texas — Protesters have demanded the release of police body camera footage showing the arrest of a homeless black man who was tethered with a rope and paraded through a Texas city by white officers on horseback.
Two Galveston police officers arrested 43-year-old Donald Neely last month, accusing him of criminal trespass.
Images showing the officers leading Neely caused public outrage, leading to a Texas Rangers investigation and a Galveston County Sheriff’s office review.
The Galveston County Daily News reports that about 500 people gathered Sunday to demand the video’s release. City officials say it can’t be released until the sheriff’s review is complete.
The Texas Rangers determined that the officers didn’t break the law. Galveston’s police chief says their training includes arrest by that method but that he understands the outrage.
Man let 12-year-old drive car
WATERLOO, Iowa — An Iowa father whose 12-year-old son struck a 4-year-old boy while driving the man’s car has been sent to prison.
Black Hawk County District Court records say 34-year-old Jesse Azbill pleaded guilty to child endangerment and aiding and abetting serious injury by auto. He was sentenced to seven years.
Police say Azbill had given his son permission to drive the vehicle, and Azbill was in it when the little boy was struck Aug. 6 while riding a bicycle in Waterloo. The boy was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City for treatment. His name hasn’t been released.
One child dead, two hurt in shootings
FORT WORTH, Texas — Police in Texas say three children were shot, one fatally, in separate shootings over a five-hour period on Sunday.
Fort Worth police say a 4-year-old boy was shot and killed shortly before noon Sunday. Few details have been released, but police say the initial investigation suggests the boy was shot by a sibling.
Later, an 8-year-old girl in Arlington was shot in the buttocks. Arlington police say witnesses told authorities the child sat on the weapon, but authorities have not yet verified that. Police described the weapon as an Uzi or Mac 10 type machine gun.
Also in Arlington, a 6-year-old boy is in very serious condition after he was shot in the head by his brother, who police say is 10 or 11 years old.
Tent courts hearings underway
SAN ANTONIO — Hearings in tent courts in South Texas are underway for asylum-seekers forced to wait in Mexico while their immigration applications are considered.
Monday’s hearings mark the formal opening of the courts. Twenty-one migrants lined up in Mexico to cross the border for their appearances.
Officials say they want 200 migrants appear each day in the tents in Laredo.
A judge in a brick courthouse in San Antonio is presiding over the Laredo court via video chat.
Outside observers are barred from the tents, but journalists were allowed into the San Antonio courthouse.
By The Associated Press