Police departments across the country are making statements to distance themselves from comments made by President Trump on Friday which seemed to encourage the rough treatment of suspects they take into custody.
In listening to the full speech made in front of law enforcement officers in Brentwood, New York, it’s clear that Trump was venting his emotional anguish while talking about murderers, whom he called “animals”.
“When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you see them thrown in rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’ Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody. I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?'” said Trump.
His comments were seized on by the liberal media, causing police to take an offensive stance and put out statements to make it clear that they do not condone the rough treatment of suspects.
The Suffolk County Police Department, whose jurisdiction is the county in which Trump spoke, was the first to state via Twitter: “The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners. Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously.”
They added, “As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.” But Twitter critics replied to their messages with Hitler references and one stated menacingly, “That’s good SCPD. Because if you hurt anyone and get sued, guess which video of cheering officers will be entered into evidence?”
As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.
— Suffolk County PD (@SCPDHq) July 28, 2017
That's good SCPD. Because if you hurt anyone and get sued, guess which video of cheering officers will be entered into evidence?
— Snark Force 1 (@snarkforce1) July 28, 2017
Police departments throughout the country took the New York department’s lead in their efforts to make sure their communities know that they don’t agree with Trump’s remarks.
Here are some examples:
“The @POTUS made remarks today that endorsed and condoned police brutality,” tweeted the Gainesville Police Department. “GPD rejects these remarks and continues to serve with respect.
The @POTUS made remarks today that endorsed and condoned police brutality.
GPD rejects these remarks and continues to serve with respect.
— Gainesville Police (@GainesvillePD) July 29, 2017
“Our dept does not condone the mistreatment of prisoners,” tweeted Philadelphia’s Police Commissioner Richard Ross . “We have and will continue to treat arrested persons with respect and dignity.”
Our dept does not condone the mistreatment of prisoners. We have and will continue to treat arrested persons with respect and dignity
— Richard Ross (@PPDCommish) July 29, 2017
“To be clear, inappropriate attempt at gallows humor does not reflect values of respect & commitment to constitutional policing of profession,” tweeted Houston police Chief Art Acevedo.
To be clear, inappropriate attempt at gallows humor does not reflect values of respect & commitment to constitutional policing of profession https://t.co/lGJeLa6nm1
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) July 28, 2017
Others however were fine with Trump’s comments, and some even pointed out that the reaction and backlash seems hypocritical:
.@realDonaldTrump was right.
I’m so sick of this softening of cops. Violent savages don’t respond to “sir.” https://t.co/z8NoSA1b4z
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 30, 2017
Police chiefs may condemn Trump’s comments condoning rough treatment of arrestees but fact remains police officers audience cheered https://t.co/9UpzuZ1RVH
— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) July 30, 2017
Police across the US reject his comments? Looks like virtually every officer standing behind Trump was eating it up.
— jane ferguson (@whitja) July 30, 2017
I see all these police twitters denouncing the comments Trump made but are they really embracing what they’re saying.
— HDBRN (@Alex_Dolphinn) July 30, 2017
Trump surely should know by now that the things he says in his speeches will come back to haunt him, but it’s clear that the President is deeply moved by the accounts he hears of violent murders, and his words come from an emotional place. You be the judge and watch the entire video, below:
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