Gainesville Police rejection of Trump's police comments goes viral

Evan Vucci  AP

Trump made the comments at a gathering of law enforcement officers at Suffolk County Community College in NY. "I said, 'Please don't be too nice, '" said Mr. Trump, addressing a crowd in New York's Suffolk County. "Like when you guys put somebody in the vehicle and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?"

Even the International Association of Chiefs of Police issued a statement, and though they did not reference Trump my name, the association stressed that law enforcement officers are "trained to treat all individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect, or defendant, with dignity and respect".

Though Trump's comments were met by applause and laughter by some of the officers sitting behind him, the Suffolk County police department didn't think Trump's words were amusing. "Just like they don't want to have rich people at the head of treasury", Trump said.

But the NYPD was not the only police department to speak out against Trump's Friday remarks encouraging violence against suspects.

Likewise, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund criticized the comments as endangering those taken into police custody.

As he talked to the cops, the president could have centered his address on reforming the law enforcement, bringing in sophisticated training to make police departments more empathetic and humane forces. "As a department, we do not and will not tolerate 'rough [ing]' up prisoners".

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

"Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously", read a statement from the agency.

President Donald Trump delivers remarks about his proposed US government effort against the street gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, to a gathering of federal, state and local law enforcement officials in Brentwood, New York on July 28.

"To suggest that police officers apply any standard in the use of force other than what is reasonable and necessary is irresponsible, unprofessional and sends the wrong message to law enforcement as well as the public".

The president's comment elicited some applause from the assembled, uniformed officers present. 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.

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

A refresher: In April 2015, Gray was arrested in West Baltimore after he ran from officers.

"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".

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