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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.

(Evan Vucci/AP)

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.

Gainesville policeman Ben Tobias echoed this sentiment in a separate tweet.

Trump’s speech proved so controversial that Suffolk County PD felt the need to send out this tweet clarifying its stance soon after.

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.


From Belfast Telegraph