Trump backs rough treatment by police

President Trump Did Not Endorse Police Brutality

Trump said his administration is removing these gang members from the U.S., but added: "We'd like to get them out a lot faster and when you see... these thugs being thrown into the back of the paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, I said, 'Please don't be too nice'". "I said, 'Please don't be too nice, '" said Mr. Trump, addressing a crowd in New York's Suffolk County.

He also said that there was no need for police to use their hands to protect the heads of individuals under arrest as they were put into cars.

A spokeswoman for the Nassau County Police Department said the department had no plans to send a reminder, while the Suffolk County Police Department did not return messages seeking comment.

"The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners", it tweeted following the president's speech.

As he stressed the importance of funding Immigration and Customs Enforcement efforts as a way to stop the gang, he took a moment to criticize police officers who he thinks treat suspects too gingerly.

Though Trump's comments were met by applause and laughter by some of the officers sitting behind him, the Suffolk County police department didn't think Trump's words were amusing. Like, don't hit their head and they've just killed somebody, don't hit their head.

I do not agree with or condone @POTUS remarks today on police brutality.

I think he is doing our nation a disservice by encouraging police departments to engage in unlawful, unconstitutional behaviour.

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. "As a department, we do not and will not tolerate 'rough [ing]' up prisoners".

Trump continued his habit of going into gruesome detail about gang violence during the speech, describing one of his favorite targets, the largely Latino gang MS-13, as a "vile cartel" and its members as "animals".

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) took aim at President Trump on Saturday over his comments to police officers during a speech in Long Island, N.Y. this week.

City police officials could not be reached for comment, nor could Gene Ryan, president of the city police union. Those constraints, however, have been lifted by the Trump administration; the president endeavored to rally the troops: "And I want to just tell you all together, right now, the reason I came - this is the most important sentence to me: On behalf of the American people, I want to say, thank you". Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously.

A statement was also released by the International Association of Chiefs of Police on Friday evening, although Trump was not mentioned by name.

Mr. Trump also vowed in his speech to support law enforcement officers by ensuring his administration made surplus military equipment available to police.

In this city it is clear that, as the Justice Department concluded, the police force's "relationship with certain Baltimore communities is broken".

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