Why Trump discouraging officers from being 'too nice' matters in Baltimore

Why Trump discouraging officers from being 'too nice' matters in Baltimore

Why Trump discouraging officers from being 'too nice' matters in Baltimore

Police have criticized President Donald Trump for seemingly endorsing police brutality during a speech to law enforcement officers Friday.

And when you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon - you just see them thrown in, rough - I said, please don't be too nice.

Trump also apparently condoned violence on the campaign trail, telling supporters at a rally in Iowa that he would pay their legal bills if they attacked protesters, later commenting on a protester who was forcibly removed from a Trump rally in Las Vegas, said: "He's walking out with big high-fives [from the other protesters], smiling, laughing", Trump said. "I said you can take the hand away, OK?"

Trump's speech proved so controversial that Suffolk County PD felt the need to send out this tweet clarifying its stance soon after.

"The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners", it tweeted following the president's speech.

Trump had been addressing law enforcement officials in Brentwood, New York, on Friday when he departed from remarks on his administration's efforts to dismantle the street gang MS-13, and began discussing the way officers lead suspects into police vehicles.

The @POTUS made remarks today that endorsed and condoned police brutality.

"Like, don't hit their head, and they just killed somebody - don't hit their head", Trump continued.

His remarks elicited cheers from the audience of law enforcement, which included local lawmakers, officers from the Suffolk County Police Department, the Nassau County Police Department acting police commissioner Patrick Ryder, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco and deputies and jail guards from the Suffolk County Sheriff's office, according to Newsday reporter Nicole Fuller.

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The Huffington Post was one of the first news outlets to begin the all too predictable attacks on the president. "Totally protect the criminal, not the officers".

The president was in his home state talking about the fight against violent gangs like MS-13.

TV20 reached out to Officer Tobias who declined to comment. "As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners". In a statement Friday, the group did not specifically mention Trump by name but appeared to respond to his speech by stressing the importance of treating all people, including suspects, with respect.

"This led to protests, a riot and an unprecedented two-year spike in violence that now has the city on track for close to 400 homicides this year, more than NY, which is 14 times larger".

In this city it is clear that, as the Justice Department concluded, the police force's "relationship with certain Baltimore communities is broken".

"Trump just told police officers that they can be more violent than they already are".

Suffolk police confirm they arrested six men and issued summonses to three others for multiple violations.

The Fraternal Order of Police, the largest union of police officers in the country that supported Trump during his campaign, also defended his mindless comments, claiming it was all in humor and suggested the president of the country should not be taken seriously.

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