Following President Trump's applause line about roughing up more prisoners, during a speech delivered to Long Island police yesterday, the Suffolk County Police Department and other police organizations are attempting to distance themselves from the presidential call for more police brutality.
While addressing uniformed police in Suffolk County about the activities of the MS-13 gang on Long Island, Trump told the officers, "When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddywagon, you just see them thrown in, rough. I said please don't be too nice. Like when you put somebody into a car and you protect 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 approval of a little extra violence drew applause from the officers gathered at the speech, but the Suffolk County Police Department as an organization (which recently had a police chief imprisoned for beating a suspect) disavowed the remarks. SCPD Assistant Commissioner Justin Meyers tweeted a statement on behalf of the department in which he said that as a police force they "do not and will not tolerate 'rough[ing] up' prisoners."
— Justin Meyers (@Justin_Meyers) July 28, 2017
In addition to Meyers's statement, the International Association of Chiefs of Police sent a statement in response to Trump's line, in which they wrote that treating suspects and defendants with dignity and respect "is the bedrock principle behind the concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy."
NEW: International Association of Chiefs of Police issues statement on use of force following Trump's speech to law enforcement officers. pic.twitter.com/DtUTZnyrOm
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 29, 2017
The Gainesville Police Department, and an officer in the department, also tweeted condemnations of the remarks.
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
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