Trump then spoke dismissively of the practice by which arresting officers shield the heads of handcuffed suspects as they are placed in police cars. "Like when you guys put somebody in the auto, protecting their head, you know, the way you put [your] hand, like don't hit their head, and they've just killed somebody".
Despite applause from the audience, which was comprised of federal and law enforcement personnel from the New York-New Jersey area, the Suffolk County department quickly distanced itself from Trump's statements.
In a speech to police U.S. President Donald Trump touts what he says are the administration's gains in the fight.
President Donald Trump's remark that police shouldn't be "too nice" to prisoners was made in a suburban NY county where a chief went to prison for beating a suspect. Ultimately, the criminal case ended with no convictions for any of the six officers involved in Gray's 2015 arrest.
"They like to knife them and cut them and let them die slowly, because that way its more painful, and they enjoy watching that, because they are animals", President Trump said.
Law and order speeches aren't very popular with the left, as you can imagine.
"Few communities have suffered worse at the hands of these MS-13 thugs than the people on Long Island", said Trump, who grew up in Queens. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently visited El Salvador to praise the arrest of hundreds of MS-13 members by the country's government.
The Suffolk County Police Department quickly pushed back against Trump on Twitter: "The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners". Is there any wonder why the Sessions' Justice Department refuses to address patterns of civil rights violations by local police departments when the President of the United States advocates for police brutality?
"Police can not treat every community like an invading army, and encouraging violence by police is irresponsible and reprehensible", he said. We call on the president to immediately and unequivocally condemn police brutality.
Part of President Trump's reason for speaking was to disseminate White House plans for fighting the gang known as Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. "We can all respect our law enforcement officers without sanctioning unjust and illegal behavior".