Local law enforcement leaders speak out against Trump's statement on police brutality

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 1, 2017

Trump made the remarks Friday while speaking to law enforcement officers on Long Island.

US President Donald Trump's comments appearing to endorse police brutality, while speaking to law enforcement officials last week, were "making a joke", the White House says.

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"As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners", SCPD tweeted later. "Those that applauded and cheered should be ashamed".

On Sunday afternoon, chief of the Montgomery County Police Department and president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association Tom Manger released a statement saying, "While any elected official can give their views on how police should do their jobs, it is the actions of police officers that speak directly to who we are".

"When the President made his speech to police officers on Friday, nearly within minutes statements came from police chiefs across the country criticizing his remarks that seemed to endorse the use of force by police in certain arrests", Newsmax's John Gizzi said Monday during a press briefing.

And Philadelphia's former police commissioner Charles Ramsey condemned Trump's comments on CNN's "New Day" Monday.

"I was very concerned when I first heard those remarks because I believe it reinforces a very negative stereotype of police that we've been trying to overcome".

"We will use force when we have to use force, but we are not going to use excessive force we are not going to brutalize people", said Desert Hot Springs Police Chief Dale Mondary.

During a press briefing on Monday (local time), White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr Trump didn't mean it.

Some officers defended Trump in the face of criticism.

"The President, in remarks delivered yesterday in NY, condoned police misconduct regarding the treatment of individuals placed under arrest by law enforcement".

But Vernon, who retired from the LAPD after a 37-year career that took him from street cop to the second-in-command position on the force and is a graduate of FBI's National Executive Institute, quickly added, "I am troubled by the statement regarding the police use of force". "Not the officers. You do something wrong, you're in more jeopardy than they are", Trump said.

This morning, the White House said the president was making a joke. "I don't think it's really that big of a deal". "I don't think any police officer out there in the right frame of mind would take that as a way of condoning that kind of activity".

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