“When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.'”
President Donald Trump encouraged police to rough up immigrants suspected of committing crimes as part of a speech he gave to highlight his administration’s attempts to crack down on gang members and illegal immigration.”When you find these cities and when you find those thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, demanding, I said, ‘Please do not be too nice,'” Trump said to cheers and applause. “Like when you guys put someone in the car and you are protecting their heads — you know, how you put their hands over — such as, ‘Do not hit their head’ and they have just killed somebody. ‘Do not hit their head.’ I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’
Trump tells police officers "don't be too nice" when they're arresting suspects and putting them in "the paddy wagon." pic.twitter.com/sQMLwFUzkQ
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) July 28, 2017
“Trump made the remarks while speaking in Long Island to law enforcement officials. He and his government have been pointing to a series of violence in the hands of MS-13 gang members as justification for cracking down on illegal immigration — even though federal statistics show the connection is tenuous, at best. In a tweet the Suffolk County Police Department, which covers the place where Trump gave his address, also said they don’t tolerate “roughing up of offenders.”
As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.
— Suffolk County PD (@SCPDHq) July 28, 2017
Jeffery Robinson, the ACLU’s deputy legal director, said Trump sent police officers the wrong message by telling them he will back them 100% should they gratuitously hurt suspected offenders.
“By encouraging police to dole out extra pain at will, the president is urging a kind of lawlessness that already imperils the health and lives of people of color at shameful rates,” Robinson said in a statement. “We know what happened to Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, and too many others who lost their lives only because they were under suspicion. We must increase the trust between police and civilians, not decimate it.”
Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said the remarks rise to a new level of danger.
“No person, especially those who have only been accused of a crime, should be abused by those entrusted to uphold the law,” Nelson said in a statement. “The President’s mocking of the treatment of arrestees as they are escorted into a police vehicle is particularly reprehensible in light of the police in-custody death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.”
Trump began to focus on the transnational gang after a series of killings earlier this year in Suffolk County, Long Island. In September, two girls were found beaten to death, and in April, the badly beaten bodies of four men were also found in a wooded area, with MS-13 members being the suspected culprits.
“They have transformed peaceful parks and beautiful, quiet neighborhoods into blood-stained killing fields,” Trump said. “They’re animals. We cannot tolerate, as a society, the spilling of innocent, young, wonderful, vibrant people, sons and daughters, even husbands and wives.”
In addition, he made a link between unaccompanied minors from Central America and MS-13, stating the gain in the kids coming into the US lead to a rise in the gang’s ranks.”New arrivals came in, and they were all made recruits of one another. And they fought with each other. And then they fought out of one another, and it got worse and worse,” Trump said.
“In the three years before I took office, over 150,000 unaccompanied alien minors arrived at the border and were published all throughout our nation into United States communities. ” Trump said. “We’ll find you. We’ll arrest you. We’ll jail you, and we’ll deport you.”
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