This police department is taking a stand against Donald Trump’s comments on police brutality
“Don’t be too nice,” Trump told officers.
On Friday Donald Trump gave a controversial speech in which he seemed to advocate rougher treatment of people in police custody, and it isn’t exactly winning over some police departments.
“Don’t be too nice,” Trump told police officers in Suffolk County, New York, during a visit to highlight his administration’s efforts to crack down on the street gang known as MS-13.
Trump said his administration is removing these gang members from the US, 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.'”
Trump also spoke dismissively of the practice by which arresting officers shield the heads of handcuffed suspects as they are placed in police cars. His comments were met with cheers.
However, this attitude isn’t exactly shared by police officers around the country, and Gainesville Police Department’s rejection of Trump’s speech has gone viral.
The @POTUS made remarks today that endorsed and condoned police brutality.— Gainesville Police (@GainesvillePD) July 29, 2017
GPD rejects these remarks and continues to serve with respect.
Gainesville policeman Ben Tobias echoed this sentiment in a separate tweet.
I'm a cop.— Ben Tobias (@GPDBenTobias) July 28, 2017
I do not agree with or condone @POTUS remarks today on police brutality.
Those that applauded and cheered should be ashamed.
Trump’s speech proved so controversial that Suffolk County PD felt the need to send out this tweet clarifying its stance soon after.
As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.— Suffolk County PD (@SCPDHq) July 28, 2017
Suffolk County Police Department came under fire last November when its former chief James Burke was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for beating a handcuffed man in an interrogation room.