Long Island Police Department Contradicts Trump: We Won't Tolerate Brutality

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The Daily Caller reports that while speaking about violent gang-members in a speech to law enforcement officers that focused on MS-13, Trump said officers shouldn't be "too nice" when putting violent criminals in the "paddy wagon". I said, "Please don't be too nice",' he said in his speech. "Like when you guys put somebody in the vehicle and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?" "Don't hit their head, I said, 'You can take the hand away, OK?'"

In response to the President's speech, the Suffolk County Police Department sent out a pair of messages on Twitter that indirectly hit back at Trump's praise for police brutality.

"The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners", it tweeted following the president's speech.

Trump then advised arresting officers to not assist suspects when they're ducking their heads to get inside the back of the cop vehicle.

The Gainesville Police Department, and an officer in the department, also tweeted condemnations of the remarks. Like, don't hit their head and they've just killed somebody, don't hit their head.

"What the president recommended would be out of policy in the Los Angeles Police Department", said LAPD commissioner.

The department's missteps - neither officer had activated his body camera, so there's no video evidence of the fatal encounter - resulted in global criticism and the ouster of Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau.

In a statement emailed to HuffPost, the NYPD called suggestions for police officers to use alternative standards for use of force "irresponsible" and "unprofessional".

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The president was in his home state talking about the fight against violent gangs like MS-13.

'If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you?' he said.

The department may have felt more need than most to distance itself from the president's comments as its officers were among those in the backdrop of the event and because a former police chief was convicted past year of beating a handcuffed theft suspect and orchestrating a cover-up of the incident. Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously. "As a department, we do not and will not tolerate 'rough [ing]' up prisoners".

A statement was also released by the International Association of Chiefs of Police on Friday evening, although Trump was not mentioned by name.

Trump's visit to his home state of NY came as Sessions was in El Salvador to increase worldwide cooperation against the gang.

That was just a small portion of the President's speech.

"I can tell you, I saw some photos where [acting ICE Director] Tom [Homan]'s guys, rough guys, they're rough, I don't want to. say it because they'll say that's not politically correct, you're not allowed to have rough people doing this kind of work".

Trump's provocations of law enforcement also must be viewed with this in mind: Trump's Department of Justice is charged with enforcing a sweeping consent decree with huge reforms for the city's police department after a federal investigation launched following Gray's death revealed patterns of discriminatory and unconstitutional policing.