The Suffolk County Police Department, a law enforcement agency representing the jurisdiction in which Trump gave his speech, denied any support for the sort of violence the President mentioned.
They laughed when the president said that he didn't mind if they chose not to protect an arrestee's head when an officer is placing an arrestee into a police vehicle. "I said, 'You can take the hand away, OK?'" continued the President.
Hours after the commander in chief seemed to endorse police brutality during a speech at a Long Island community college by calling on cops to be a little less nice to suspects, the police department begged to disagree.
"Let's be clear, the real target of President Trump's dragnet is not criminals, it is immigrants", said Irma Solis, director of the Suffolk chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Trump's controversial remarks-which indisputably promoted police brutality-were met with applause from the officers.
They'll say that's not politically correct, you're not allowed to have rough people doing this kind of work.
Law and order speeches aren't very popular with the left, as you can imagine.
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The White House had invited law enforcement personnel exclusively to the speech, which was meant to address the challenge of fighting the MS-13 gang and drug cartel. It was the president's first speech on LI since he held campaign rallies in Bethpage and Patchogue past year. "I said please don't be too nice".
"Police can not treat every community like an invading army, and encouraging violence by police is irresponsible and reprehensible", Zeke Johnson, senior director of programs at the United States chapter of Amnesty International, told HuffPost.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump may not be getting along these days, but the two are on the same page when it comes to policing.
Lieutenant Thomas Glover, President of Dallas' Black Police Association, said the comments were "irresponsible" and send the wrong message. "We can not accept this violence one day more".
While those in attendance applauded the speech at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, critics protested his visit and Suffolk County police rebuffed Trump when he encouraged officers to rough up suspects.
All but a few of those charged in the deaths were citizens of El Salvador or Honduras who entered the USA illegally, according to law enforcement officials.