Donald Trump Told Police Officers to be Rougher When Arresting Suspects

Type: Condones ViolenceJul 28 2017 Severity:
About: Police Abuse
Donald Trump told an audience of police officers in Brentwood, New York to not be so nice when they arrest individuals and instead encouraged them to be rougher towards those they arrest. The police officers in attendance loudly cheered at the President, seeming to agree with his advice to be a lot rougher with suspects.

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Quote | Police laughed and cheered as the President encouraged them to be rougher.

“When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddywagon, you just see ’em thrown in rough. I said please don’t be too nice. Like when you guys [police officers] put somebody into the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put your hand, like, don’t hit their head, and they just killed somebody, don’t hit their head,” he went on. “I said, you can take the hand away, okay?”