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

Suffolk County Police Are The 2nd Organization In Two Days To Disavow Insane Trump Statements Cops Back Away From Trump's Recommendation Of More Police Brutality
Theresa Hayes | 30 July, 2017, 01:12

Law enforcement agencies condemned police violence Friday after President Trump advised NY officers "don't be too nice" during arrests.

Despite applause from the audience, which was comprised of federal and law enforcement personnel from the New York-New Jersey area, the Suffolk County department quickly distanced itself from Trump's statements.

Barbara Arnwine, president of the Transformative Justice Coalition, a Washington, DC-based civil liberties group, said Trump is "placing people's lives in danger" and his remarks will encourage "police departments to engage in unlawful, unconstitutional behavior". Ultimately, the criminal case ended with no convictions for any of the six officers involved in Gray's 2015 arrest.

"We will find you, we will arrest you, we will jail you and we will deport you", Trump said while speaking directly to gang members. These laws are stacked against you. We can all respect our law enforcement officers without sanctioning unjust and illegal behavior. I said, "You can take the hand away, OK?"' Zeke Johnson, the senior director of programs at Amnesty International USA noted Trump's "inflammatory and hateful speech will only escalate tensions between police and communities". The president told the crowd that the officer had boasted to him that he could "straighten out" the city's notorious violence in "a couple of days" if given the authority.

Trump came to Long Island because the MS-13 gang, which is known to target immigrants to the United States from countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, has been linked to gruesome killings there, and he wanted to highlight his administration's immigration enforcement policies.

However, he singled out one Republican official - the only one of the many he recognized from the dais who was not actually in the room.

In response to the President's speech, the Suffolk County Police Department sent out a pair of messages on Twitter that indirectly hit back at Trump's praise for police brutality.

But Trump- who calls himself "the law and order" president- is marching on with his war on gangs.

Trump's comments about the treatment of people in police custody resurrected memories of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore man who was shackled but alive when he was put into a Baltimore police van in April 2015.

MacGillis wasn't the only one to immediately condemn the President's words.

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