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Cops Back Away From Trump's Recommendation Of More Police Brutality

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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?"

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."

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."

The Gainesville Police Department, and an officer in the department, also tweeted condemnations of the remarks.

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