Trump to LE: 'Don't be too nice' to people in police custody

While speaking about MS-13, Trump sparked controversy over his comments about treatment of people in police custody


By PoliceOne Staff

BRENTWOOD, N.Y.  — President Donald Trump sparked controversy Friday over comments he made while speaking about illegal immigration and the MS-13 gang.

According to the Associated Press, Trump said law enforcement is removing the gang members from the country “but we’d like to get them out a lot faster and when you see ... these thugs being thrown into the back of the paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in rough, I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’”

Trump called on Congress to find money to pay for an additional 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers “so that we can eliminate MS-13.”

The president dismissed officers who protect heads of people they’re arresting, stating police were “too nice.” 

“I said, ’You could take the hand away, OK,’” he said.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police issued a statement about Trump’s comments saying managing use of force is “one of the most difficult challenges faced by law enforcement agencies.”

“The ability of law enforcement officers to enforce the law, protect the public and guard their own safety, the safety of innocent bystanders, and even those suspected or apprehended for criminal activity is very challenging,” the statement reads. “For these reasons, law enforcement agencies develop policies and procedures, as well as conduct extensive training, to ensure that any use of force is carefully applied and objectively reasonable considering the situation confronted by the officers.”

IACP went on to say LEOs are “trained to treat individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect or defendant, with dignity and respect. This is the bedrock principle behind the concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy.”

 

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