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President Donald Trump's Message to the Police: Please Don't Be Too Nice

By Dean Robinson, Summit City Noise - August 2, 2017

Summit City Noise has asked for comments from Fort Wayne Police Department Chief Steve Reed and Public Information Officer Michael Joyner regarding President Donald Trump's July 28 comments to police officers gathered at Suffolk County Community College in New York.

Police chiefs and officers across the country are vocally denouncing President Trump's comments as encouragement for police brutality against people being arrested.

Michael McIntee on YouTube: Trump Encourages Cops To Rough Up Suspects - They Applaud - Published July 28, 2017

President Donald Trump tells police at a gathering in Selden, New York that they shouldn't be too careful when putting suspects into paddy wagons.

"And when you see these towns and 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 the hand, 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?'" (YouTube)

Chicago Tribune: Police chiefs across the U.S. blast Trump for endorsing 'police brutality' By Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Mark Berman - July 30, 2017

Police leaders across the country moved quickly to distance themselves from — or to outright condemn — President Trump's statements about "roughing up" people who've been arrested.

Some police leaders worried that three sentences uttered by the president during a Long Island, N.Y., speech could upend nearly three decades of fence-mending since the 1991 Los Angeles Police Department beating of Rodney King ushered in an era of distrust of police.

"It's the wrong message," Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, told Washington radio station WTOP while speaking of the trust-building work that departments have undertaken since King's beating. "The last thing we need is a green light from the president of the United States for officers to use unnecessary force."

Trump made the comments at a gathering of law enforcement officers at Suffolk County Community College in New York. (Chicago Tribune)

Fox 35 Orlando: Police officer responds to President Trump's tweet' By Matthew Trezza - July 31, 2017

On the department’s official Twitter page, Officer Ben Tobias with the Gainesville Police Department wrote:  "the POTUS made remarks today that endorsed and condoned police brutality. GPD rejects these remarks and continues to serve with respect."

The [Twitter] message got tens of thousands of likes and retweets. Most were supportive, but some were not. Still, Tobias said he reached his target.

“Basically my audience was the Gainesville community to say you may see this today or later, but this is how your Gainesville Police Department is going to operate,” he said.

Tobias said [Trump's] comments were a step back for community policing. (Fox 35)

CNBC: White House says Trump was probably 'joking' when he said police should be rough with suspects By Christine Wang - July 31, 2017

Trump's comments were widely criticized by law enforcement agencies across the country. The local police department in Suffolk County, where Trump made the remarks, said it does not and "will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners."

New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill condemned the president's remarks as "irresponsible and "unprofessional."

"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," O'Neill said in a statement.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump was probably making a joke last week when he encouraged police officers to be tougher when making arrests. In a Monday press briefing, Sanders said, "I believe he was making a joke at the time." (CNBC)

ABC News: Sarah Sanders says Trump was joking about police brutality comment By Saisha Talwar and Dakshayani Shankar - July 31, 2017

Harry Houck, a retired NYPD detective, took the president’s remarks much more lightly.

“They took it as a joke. And so did I,” he said while on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday morning.

“I don’t think any police officer out there in the right frame of mind would take that as a way of condoning that kind of activity. ” Like Sanders, he said it was just Trump “trying to get a laugh.” (ABC)

Media Matters: Meet Harry Houck, CNN's Resident Race-Baiter And Police Brutality Apologist By Carlos Maza - July 12, 2016

CNN contributor Harry Houck -- who recently claimed that black people are prone to criminality -- has a long history of extreme race-baiting on the network, frequently blaming victims of police brutality and describing Black Lives Matter as a “thug group.”

Houck has repeatedly suggested that minorities, and specifically black people, commit more crime than white people, and that the solution to the problem of police brutality is for black people to "stop committing crimes."

Houck has denied that African-Americans receive different treatment from whites in the criminal justice system, and claimed that any police officer who acts inappropriately is punished for it. (Media Matters)

Dean Robinson: Retired New York Police detective Harry Houck believes black people are prone to criminality and President Trump making jokes about police brutality is funny.

Black people don't commit more crimes than white people and we don't believe President Trump making jokes about police brutality is funny.

President Donald Trump directly encourages police officers to commit unnecessary violent acts against citizens and suspects. President Trump promotes clear and present danger by promoting police brutality.

This week I visited the Fort Wayne Police Department in person, spoke to "Sgt. C" with Fort Wayne PD Community Relations and left messages for Chief of Police Steve Reed and Public Information Officer Michael Joyner, asking for commentary from the Fort Wayne Police Department regarding President Trump's comments to police officers in Selden, New York.

I'm still waiting for word from Reed and Joyner.


President Trump to The Police: Don't Be Too Nice

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