Trump Encourages More Police Brutality

It’s not often that you hear someone come out in favor of police brutality. Even those who help perpetuate the problem by turning a blind eye to the epidemic aren’t typically callous or dumb enough to publicly encourage bad police behavior.

Ah, but we live in a land where Donald Trump is president. Speaking to a group of police officers in Long Island, he instructed them to “please don’t be too nice” when shoving apprehended suspects into police cars.

Trump explained, “Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know the way you put their hand over… You can take the hand away, OK?”

Alarmingly, the police loudly cheered Trump’s suggestion to allow arrestees’ heads to bang against the top of the car. At this point in the arrest, suspects are already in handcuffs – there’s no reason to try to inflict pain on them.

Are these officers here to protect and serve or behave like bullies? It’s long past the point of obviousness as to which mode the president operates from, but I’d like to think police officers would take their oaths more seriously than to get excited at the idea of getting to beat up on people more.

In scattered thoughts, Trump compared the need to hire “rough” police officers to the need to appoint rich people to the Treasury Department, since that’s supposedly what it takes to do the job properly.

Unfortunately, this speech continues from there. Trump also called out “pathetic” mayors that don’t “allow [cops] to do their job.” Does he perchance mean the “job” of ignoring cops who decide to punish suspects on the spot rather than allowing for due process in the courts?

“For years and years, [rules have] been made to protect the criminal… not the officers,” said Trump. “You do something wrong, you’re in more jeopardy than they are. The laws are stacked against you. We’re changing those laws.”

Certainly, a lot of people would dispute the laws being too strict on police officers. Time after time in even the most egregious scenarios of brutality and even murder of unarmed suspects, police are rarely criminally charged for their actions.

It’s not particularly surprising that Trump shows no interest in cracking down on police brutality. Early into his term, Attorney General Jeff Sessions proclaimed that the federal government would stop monitoring police departments that have been in trouble because of accusations of police brutality.

At a time when a good portion of America – particularly people of color – are begging for additional accountability from the police, it’s discouraging to watch the commander in chief egg on the police to behave more violently and recklessly.

Take Action

This is unacceptable rhetoric in a country with an already out of hand police brutality problem. Suffolk County is already the site of incredible civil rights violations. Former Police Chief James Burke was charged just this week. Sign the Care2 petition to demand the Suffolk County Police Commissioner and the Police Association disavow this call for violence!

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Peggy B
Peggy B22 days ago


Elaine W
Elaine W28 days ago

I heard this taped comment from a speech he made. :(

Marie W
Marie W1 months ago

thank you for sharing

FOTEINI chormpou6 months ago


Margie F
Margie F6 months ago

Dont believe it

Karen H
Karen H6 months ago

If Trump's comments to the police were (as Sanders said) a joke, and other comments he's made have been labeled as "joking", maybe it's time he left the White House and got a late-night talk show.

Kathleen E
Kathleen E6 months ago

Feel sorry for the USA to have such a man at "the helm"

natasha s
Past Member 6 months ago

Just surreal. Signed

Elaine W
Elaine W6 months ago


Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei6 months ago

.......its like attempting to talk to a circular brick wall. other words, its like talking to the Bronze-Hued $hitgibbon himself.