Trump encourages cops to rough up suspects during arrest
In the wake of his healthcare loss, President Trump is turning the focus of his administration back to immigration reform with a fear-mongering speech on the violence propagated by transnational gang MS-13. Trump gave his address in Brentwood, New York, and vowed to save Long Island from gang violence supposedly resulting from illegal immigration. One of the more disturbing aspects of the speech involved Trump pleading with law enforcement to “please not be too nice” with “thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon.”
“Like when you guys are putting somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head,” Trump said as he pantomimed the motion of a cop guiding a handcuffed person into a cruiser, “you know, the way you put their hand over…and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head.”
The crowd erupted with laughter during Trump’s improv performance.
“I said, you can take take the hand away,” Trump said. “Okay?”
The tacit instruction to go ahead and smack a suspect’s head into the roof of a car was met with applause.
Officers not “being too nice” is what killed Freddie Grey.
Long Island has been the site of over a dozen gang murders in the past year and the president claimed that gangs have “transformed peaceful parks and beautiful quiet neighborhoods into blood stained killing fields.”
“They’re animals,” Trump said, echoing the dog whistle he used at Tuesday’s Youngstown, Ohio rally. “We cannot tolerate as a society the spilling of innocent, young, wonderful vibrant people.”
If suspects are animals, then what about the uniformed police officers who use the law as a cover to brutalize the people they vowed to serve and protect?