President Donald Trump told police at a gathering in Selden, New York on Friday that they shouldn't be too careful when putting suspects into paddy wagons.
“Like when you guys put somebody in the car, and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put your hand over” their head, he said, putting his hand above his head for emphasis. “I said, ‘You can take the hand away, O.K.?’”
What happened to civility and a system of justice rather than police handing out punishment? What happened to innocent until proven guilty? What happened to due process?
At best, this is a bizarre boorish white trash comment from the President. Blue Lives Matter said he was trying to be funny.
More likely it reflected once again Trump's infatuation and "can do no wrong" perspective of anyone in government. He is a statist of the most dangerous kind.
Trump's comment needs to be condemned by every libertarian.
It was even too much for some police organizations.
The president’s remark was denounced by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Police Foundation.
In a statement on Saturday, the New York police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, said the department’s training and policies about the use of force “only allow for measures that are reasonable and necessary under any circumstances, including the arrest and transportation of prisoners.”
“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,” he added.