President Donald Trump is facing backlash from police departments after he delivered a speech Friday in Long Island to law enforcement officials.
The Daily Caller reports that while speaking about violent gang-members in a speech to law enforcement officers that focused on MS-13, Trump said officers shouldn't be "too nice" when putting violent criminals in the "paddy wagon". "I said, 'Please don't be too nice, '" said Mr. Trump, addressing a crowd in New York's Suffolk County. The way you put their hand over - like don't hit their head and they've just killed somebody, don't hit their head. "Don't hit their head, I said, 'You can take the hand away, OK?'"
President Donald Trump's speech at Long Island Suffolk County Community College has been met with extremely polarized responses.
In a statement released after Trump's speech, the International Associations of Chiefs of Police said that "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".
His remarks received significant applause.
'The @POTUS made remarks today that endorsed and condoned police brutality.
The department's missteps - neither officer had activated his body camera, so there's no video evidence of the fatal encounter - resulted in worldwide criticism and the ouster of Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau.
The swift public denunciations came as departments are under intense pressure to stamp out brutality and excessive force that can erode the relationship between officers and the people they police - and cost police chiefs their jobs.
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The president was in his home state talking about the fight against violent gangs like MS-13.
City police officials could not be reached for comment, nor could Gene Ryan, president of the city police union.
Goff added that Trump's Friday remarks were risky because it would make even bystanders less likely to report violent crimes for fear of violent treatment from police.
"The President of the United States has no business endorsing or condoning cops being rough with arrestees and suggesting that we should slam their heads onto the vehicle while putting them in", the department said in a Facebook post. Authorities say they also discovered an illegal gambling operation in the basement of the Santa Rosa Restaurant. "This is the bedrock principle behind the concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy".
"President Trump's speech today was shameful, dangerous, and damages the progress our City has made toward improving police-community relations".
Trump's visit to his home state of NY came as Sessions was in El Salvador to increase global cooperation against the gang.
He told officers not to worry about injuring people while arresting them.
The Fraternal Order of Police, the largest union of police officers in the country that supported Trump during his campaign, also defended his mindless comments, claiming it was all in humor and suggested the president of the country should not be taken seriously.