Police leaders are politicians. They are disproportionately black. They, unlike the rank and file officers, don’t like Trump to begin with.
These police chiefs decided to score some political points by interpreting President Trump’s remarks as promoting or approving of police brutality.
In their condemnation of Trump, the chiefs quoted focus on “community trust.” Those are code words for coddling Negro thugs. In effect, there is a strong split between the chiefs and and their officers, who actually are out in the field taking insults and putting their lives at risk from Negro empowerment.
Excerpt from NOLA from Washington Post
Police leaders across the country moved quickly to distance themselves from – or to outright condemn – President Donald Trump’s statements about “roughing up” people who’ve been arrested.
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.
Some police leaders worried that three sentences uttered by the president during a Long Island, New York, speech could upend nearly three decades of fence-mending since the 1991 Los Angeles Police Department beating of Rodney King ushered in an era of distrust of police.
“It’s the wrong message,” Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, told Washington, D.C., radio station WTOP while speaking of the trust-building work that departments have undertaken since King’s beating. “The last thing we need is a green light from the president of the United States for officers to use unnecessary force.”
Trump made the comments at a gathering of law enforcement officers at Suffolk County Community College in New York.
“When you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?” Trump said, miming the physical motion of an officer shielding a suspect’s head to keep it from bumping against the squad car.
“Like, don’t hit their head, and they just killed somebody – don’t hit their head,” Trump continued. “I said, you can take the hand away, OK?”
Trump’s remarks came after he spoke about local towns ravaged by gang violence.
Across the country, police department leaders said the president’s words didn’t reflect their views.
“The Suffolk County Police Department has strict rules and procedures relating to the handling of prisoners, and violations of those rules and procedures are treated extremely seriously,” the department said in an emailed statement. “As a department, we do not and will not tolerate ‘rough(ing)’ up prisoners.”
Trump’s comments also drew a rebuke from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In a statement Friday, the group did not specifically mention Trump by name but appeared to respond to his speech by stressing the importance of treating all people, including suspects, with respect.
Mike Lopez, a Los Angeles police spokesman, told CNN that the department will “treat everyone with integrity and respect.”
“We work with partnerships in our community and continue to do that to keep our communities safe and secure from crime,” he told the news network. “With the help of our community we will continue to do this.”
Darrel Stephens, a former police chief who is now the executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, told The Washington Post that the president’s words were a step back for police departments.
“Over the past two or three years, police departments have worked very, very hard to restore the loss of confidence and trust that people, particularly in the African-American community, have in the police, based on what happened in Ferguson and the other high profile shootings,” Stephens said. “Maybe not just what the president said, but the reaction of the police officers standing behind him, I think that complicates that.
“It sort of reinforces that there’s sort of a wink and a nod about these things, when that’s simply not the case.”
Police brutality is illegal. You’ve seen what Trump said. Did he advocate anything illegal? I don’t see it.
Aljazeera ran the story with this headline: Donald Trump to police: Don’t be too nice to suspects, which seems more accurate than WaPo’s take.
The president on Friday advocated rougher treatment of people in custody while delivering a speech on gang violence and illegal immigration.
Trump told police officers from the Suffolk County Police department in New York on Friday to “not be too nice” when dealing with suspects.
He said his administration was targeting gang members, “but we’d like to get them out a lot faster”.
“Please don’t be too nice,” he said, advising officers to use force when guiding “thugs into the back of a paddy wagon”.
Conclusion: More fake outrage and fake news, stirred up by the Washington Post.