BREAKING: U.S. Police Chiefs Condemn Trump In Brutal Statement

BRENTWOOD, NY - JULY 28:  President Donald Trump speaks at Suffolk Community College on July 28, 2017 in Brentwood, New York. Trump, speaking close to where the violent street gang MS-13 has committed a number of murders, urged Congress to dedicate more funding to border enforcement and faster deportations. Trump spoke to an audience that included to law enforcement officers and the family members of crime victims.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Police Chiefs from around the country are lining up to speak out against President Trump after he addressed a crowd of police officers on Friday encouraging them to rough up suspects.

“Like when you guys put somebody in the car, and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put your hand over” their head, he said, putting his hand above his head for emphasis. “Like, don’t hit their head, and they just killed somebody — don’t hit their head. ‘I said, ‘You can take the hand away, O.K.?’”

While Trump drew cheers and laughter from the crowd, police leaders from around the country weren’t impressed. They immediately let it known that Trump’s speech didn’t reflect their values.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police even released a statement on the correct use of force in response to Trump’s comments, saying officers were trained to treat all people with “dignity and respect.”

“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.”


You can watch the entirety of Trump’s speech here:


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