Houston Mayor apologizes to protester trampled by officer on horse

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Monday, June 1, 2020
A Houston police officer on a horse tramples a protester during a march for George Floyd
Watch the viral video where a Houston police officer on a horse trampled a protester during a march for George Floyd.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- After video surfaced showing a police officer on a horse trample a protester during a march for George Floyd, Mayor Sylvester Turner apologized to the woman involved.

"Our job is to protect them and their rights to do that. And for them to do it safely," Turner said. "It's not our intent to try to injure anyone. And so I certainly want to apologize to her for that, hope that she (is) doing well. We are constantly reviewing our procedures to make sure that we protect them while they're doing their things peacefully."

Turner also apologized on Twitter.

"What happened with mounted patrol should not have happened and for that please accept my apology," Turner tweeted.

"We are taking a look on how we can better deploy our resources to keep that from happening again so you or anyone else can exercise your Constitutional right and we can maintain the peace," Turner said.

Police Chief Art Acevedo also commented on the video in a press conference on Saturday.

"You can characterize (it) any way you want. I've actually seen the video," said Acevedo. "But as I look at it, officers are taking rocks. I would ask the public to look at where that mounted officer, where his gaze is. He's looking right at what ahead. And then, that young lady is walking backwards. I don't think she ever saw the horse coming either, so it appears that might have been unintentional."

Acevedo said the police department is reviewing the video, along with video from body cameras worn by other officers, and will report back their findings.

To further protect protesters, Acevedo said officers will not use rubber bullets or tear gas.

The police chief and other officers marched with protesters on Saturday, the second day of rallies for the death of George Floyd.


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