In a speech to police officers on Long Island on Friday, July 28th, President Donald Trump endorsed police brutality. When handling criminal suspects (who he labelled as “thugs’), Trump said “Please don’t be too nice.” He gave the example of officers placing their hands over a suspect’s head when placing him into a patrol car so he does not hit his head. “You can take the hand away, OK?,” Trump advised.

Trump’s comments were immediately and condemned by law enforcement leaders from around the country, including Charles Ramsey, the co-Chair of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the IACP, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and many others.

Sam Walker in The Crime Report argued that Trump’s comments were a criminal offense: he incited people to commit criminal violence by deliberatively injuring them. He compared it to a mayor of university president telling a group of people to go out and beat up some immigrants.

The criticisms from around the country caused the White House to issue a statement claiming that Trump was only “joking.” The incident, however, is another example of how Trump does not realize the responsibilities of being president, and that presidents cannot joke about serious matters.

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