Suffolk County Police Subtweets Trump After He Encourages Cops to Rough Up Prisoners

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Suffolk County Police Issue Statement After Trump Encourage Cops to Rough Up Prisoners

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.”

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?”

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:

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.”

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