It only takes one tweet for Maxine Waters to completely destroy Trump and his asinine police brutality speech.
Trump finds himself at the center of a new controversy – this time over remarks he made during a speech last week that seemed to be advocating police brutality.
As The Independent reports, “The backlash came after Mr Trump gave a speech to police in Brentwood, New York, which was intended to support police in the fight against the MS-13 gang… During his speech, Mr Trump suggested officers should not protect suspects’ heads when pushing them into police vehicles and his comments were greeted with loud applause and laughter by the audience of law enforcement officials.”
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?”
As Esquire Magazine reports, “Though the comments played terrifyingly well with officers in the crowd, many of whom laughed and clapped, the local police department later tacitly disavowed Trump’s remarks via Twitter.”
As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.
— Suffolk County PD (@SCPDHq) July 28, 2017
As The Independent, Esquire Magazine, USA Today and other news agencies report, police departments nationwide from New York to Los Angeles and points between are denouncing Trump’s seeming endorsement of such behavior by police officers.
The largest police force in the country, the New York Police Department weighed in with NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill stressing in an official statement that there are policies and procedures in place that limit the use of force “under any circumstance.”
The NYPD’s training and policies relating to the use of force only allow for measures that are reasonable and necessary under any circumstances, including the arrest and transportation of prisoners. To suggest that police officers apply any standard in the use of force other than what is reasonable and necessary is irresponsible, unprofessional and sends the wrong message to law enforcement as well as the public.
Splinter News reports that Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) came up with one of the “most succinct and acerbic responses” when she “brought up Freddie Gray’s family and the inevitability of a Trump arrest. Gray was 25 when he died in police custody in Baltimore from injuries sustained during a transport to jail. His injuries at the hands of police who weren’t, as Trump described, ‘too nice’ included a spinal fracture.”
“Freddie Gray’s family probably wants to know if officers will protect Trump’s head when he is thrown into the back of a paddy wagon,” Waters tweeted, pretty much closing any further discussion of the matter.
Freddie Gray's family probably wants to know if officers will protect Trump's head when he is thrown into the back of a paddy wagon.
— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) July 30, 2017