Suffolk County Police Department subtweets Donald Trump after he encouraged police officers to rough up prisoners during a speech about gangs on Friday in Long Island. Um, he’s encouraging cops to engage in police brutality.
The SCPD statement in two tweets: “The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners. Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously. As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.”
As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.
— Suffolk County PD (@SCPDHq) July 28, 2017
Trump told the crowd: “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.” Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over. Like, don’t hit their head, and they’ve just killed somebody. Don’t hit their head. I said, “You can take the hand away, OK?”
Here's the president of the United States encouraging police officers to be rough with people they arrest pic.twitter.com/iLzoUEY89e
— David Mack (@davidmackau) July 28, 2017
The International Association of Chiefs of Police also issued a statement: “Managing use of force is one of the most difficult challenges faced by law enforcement agencies. The ability of law enforcement officers to enforce the law, protect the public, and guard their own safety, the safety of innocent bystanders, and even those suspected or apprehended for criminal activity is very challenging. For these reasons, law enforcement agencies develop policies and procedures, as well as conduct extensive training, to ensure that any use of force is carefully applied and objectively reasonable considering the situation confronted by the officers.”
“Law enforcement officers are trained to treat all individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect, or defendant, with dignity and respect. This is the bedrock principle behind the concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy.”
The Republican Party should be humiliated and horrified at the same time. First the Boy Scouts leadership was forced to apologize for Trump’s unhinged political speech at the jamboree, then the generals were forced to push back over Donald Trump’s impulsive tweet banning transgender people from serving in the military and now police departments have to clean up after the so-called president.
Other law enforcement agencies repudiating Trump’s comments:
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
— City of Takoma Park (@TakomaParkMD) July 29, 2017
READ: The NYPD has responded to Trump's remarks encouraging police to rough up people they arrest. pic.twitter.com/9nMIkB3UTE
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 29, 2017
It is our sworn duty to protect people from unjustified violence and harm, no matter who disagrees.https://t.co/ouDLXH6JfY
— Burlington Police (@OneNorthAvenue) July 29, 2017
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
I'm a cop.
I do not agree with or condone @POTUS remarks today on police brutality.
Those that applauded and cheered should be ashamed.
— Ben Tobias (@GPDBenTobias) July 28, 2017
Let's go backwards@thom_hartman this is not good for our country. https://t.co/BZ9FFNSyox
— Chief Clarence Cox (@Cox_Chief) July 28, 2017
New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board Chair Maya D. Wiley, Esq.: “Our president today seemingly called on officers to eschew their duty while lauding police violence. As Chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, we work every day to hold officers accountable for misconduct. President Trump’s comments fly in the face of the responsibility our City’s officers display in the line of duty. But for many communities in our City, President Trump’s comments only stokes fears of interacting with officers. President Trump’s speech today was shameful, dangerous, and damages the progress our City has made toward improving police-community relations. No act of police violence or other misconduct, where proven, will go unanswered by the CCRB.”
Reaction on Twitter:
Every police force in the nation needs to release a statement after today's speech. https://t.co/F6KOVEHPLz
— ForTruth,Love,Peace (@letahamilton383) July 28, 2017
Our nation's police depts shouldn't have to release these types of statements because the Chief Exec of the nation is a jackass. https://t.co/dKS3Ldlq1J
— Can I Live?! (@ThisIsWhoWeBe) July 28, 2017
Oh man. Trump is a wrecking ball through every institution he talks to. https://t.co/sP6fjEObMG
— Ben Yelin (@byelin) July 28, 2017
— Maggieny (@PoMaggieny) July 28, 2017