President Trump went to the New York City area this Friday to speak before a crowd of law enforcement about his administration’s efforts to crack down on gang violence.
It was a disaster.
There isn’t any real way to know how many officers present disagreed with what Trump was saying, but during his speech, to a round of applause, Trump literally endorsed police brutality.
‘When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, I said, please don’t be too nice. Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody — don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?’
Watch a clip of these remarks from Trump below.
Here’s the president of the United States encouraging police officers to be rough with people they arrest pic.twitter.com/iLzoUEY89e
— David Mack (@davidmackau) July 28, 2017
If he thinks that endorsing police being “rough” with people that they apprehend will fix the problem of gang violence, he’s wrong. The issue here isn’t going to be solved by just roughing up and “deporting everybody.” People will come back who will be attracted to the ideologies of the street gangs. At a very basic level, American society has to be propped up in order to keep people from “falling through the cracks,” so to speak, and ending up in a street gang.
Trump doesn’t get any of that. In his speech, he uses the same governing philosophy that he has applied elsewhere, preferring force over intelligence. For example, he has proposed large increases in military spending and simultaneous decreases in State Department spending.
Police brutality has obviously been a major issue in American society in recent years, with the pace of high profile police killings of innocent minorities growing and growing. The Trump era Department of Justice has dropped the ball, but the federal government even stepped in on a number of prominent cases in the Obama era to try and assist local police departments in developing standards to keep brutality incidents from taking place.
People have literally suffered wrongful deaths from the kind of police behavior that Trump is describing. At least we know that he’s not on the innocent people’s side — we can work from there.
Featured Image via Screenshot from the Video.