Monday, July 31, 2017


Speaking in front of a group of cops about cracking down on gangs, Trump half-jokingly seemed to be calling for a return to the kick ass era of policing

Speaking Friday on Long Island before a large group of police officers about cracking down on gangs, President Trump seemed to be calling for a return to the kick ass era of policing when he half-jokingly said:

"When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon. You see them thrown in rough. I said, 'Please don't be too nice. Like, don't hit their head and they've just killed somebody. I said, 'You can take the hand away, OK?'"

"I have to tell you, you know, the laws are so horrendously stacked against us, because for years and years, they've been made to protect the criminal. Totally made to protect the criminal. Not the officers. You do something wrong, you're in more jeopardy than they are,"

The cops laughed at Trump’s remarks about not being nice to arrestees and applauded his complaint about the rights of criminals.

However, politically correct police administrators across the country immediately accused Trump of encouraging police brutality.

Obviously unhappy that its own officers laughed and applauded, the Suffolk County Police Department, which has jurisdiction over the location where Trump spoke, released a statement which said, "As a department, we do not and will not tolerate 'rough(ing)' up prisoners. The Suffolk County Police Department has strict rules and procedures relating to the handling of prisoners, and violations of those rules and procedures are treated extremely seriously."

A Boston Police Department statement said, "[our] priority has been and continues to be building relationships and trust with the community we serve. As a police department we are committed to helping people, not harming them."

New York, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said, "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."

The Gainesville, Florida, police department said “The President of the United States has no business endorsing or condoning cops being rough with arrestees and suggesting that we should slam their heads onto the car while putting them in. The men and women of GPD absolutely reject those remarks and will continue to serve and protect this great community with respect. The President's remarks today have set modern policing back and erased a lot of the strides we have made to build trust in our community. …It's certainly possible to enforce laws and arrest very bad folks and do it with respect.”

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said, “Seattle’s police officers have embraced reform and have worked incredibly hard to build community trust. We do not intend to go backwards. It is truly unfortunate that in today’s toxic environment, politicians at both ends of the spectrum have sought to inflame passions by politicizing what we do. We remain committed to our principles and reject irresponsible statements that threaten to undermine our relationship with the community.”

Similary complaints about Trumps remarks were made by law enforcement officials in Los Angeles, Houston, Baltimore and other cities.

While the politically correct police chiefs and sheriff s are expressing alarm over Trump’s remarks, the rank-and-file cops who have to work the mean streets in protecting the public, probably support the president wholeheartedly.

Blue Lives Matter said, "Trump didn’t tell police to go out and brutalize people as the media would have you believe. It was a joke. Do these people actually realize that this was a joke and not a policy change? It seems not.”

Refuting his own department, John Becker, head of the Suffolk County Deputy Sheriff's Police Benevolent Association, said "For the first time in many years we feel we have a president who supports law enforcement."

All of you who have read the post ahead of this one know that I long for the good old days of kick ass and take names. For the politically correct crowd a little head thumping is just too brutal to contemplate, but it sure works well with the criminal element. If Trump was joking, it was only a half-joke in my estimation. All the kindness cops are now supposed to show to criminals has only increased assaults on and the murder of police officers.


Anonymous said...

Police Chiefs are just politically correct politicians who seldom last more than a few years in a position. Field officers are the back bone of any department and they should be supported by the rest of the divisions.

Anonymous said...

Loyalty. What happened to it?

bob walsh said...

I disagree with Trump on this one. It was a lame thing to say.