Maxine Waters hits Trump over comments to police

Trump to LE: 'Don't be too nice' to people in police custody

While speaking about the administration's efforts to take on worldwide gangs to law enforcement officers at the Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, New York, Trump joked that officers should be rougher with suspects and suggested letting them hit their heads on police cars.

Joke or not, Wilson fears the Trump's words could encourage some officers to forget or ignore the oath they took to protect and serve. "I said please don't be too nice".

"You could take the hand away, OK", he said. "Not the officers. You do something wrong, you're in more jeopardy than they are", he added.

Officer Ben Tobias clarified the comment saying that Chief Tony Jones gave him the authority to respond and that GPD will not condone any police brutality. "Just like they don't want to have rich people at the head of treasury", Trump said.

But of course when Donald Trump opened his butthole mouth on the subject, it was to say that he felt police weren't brutal ENOUGH to the "thugs" they arrest! "As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners", the statement said. "What it does accomplish is to make crime victims less likely to call 911 for help because they fear how police will treat them".

The Suffolk County Police Department says it has strict rules and procedures for how prisoners should be handled. This is how police nationwide pushed back against the president's mindless suggestions.

The approval of a little extra violence drew applause from the officers gathered at the speech, but the Suffolk County Police Department as an organization (which recently had a police chief imprisoned for beating a suspect) disavowed the remarks. Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously.

The criticism online started shortly after Trump made his comments at an event in Brentwood, N.Y. The remarks were meant to offer support for police in their fight against the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a gang that has been accused of several killings on Long Island.

A recent investigation and study performed by the U.S. Department of Justice into the use of force by the Chicago Police Department found that officers use force "that is unreasonable".

City police officials could not be reached for comment, nor could Gene Ryan, president of the city police union.

"Punitive force by any member of law enforcement is potentially a precursor to violence against the next officer encountering that individual", Goff said.

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