Several police departments across the US have lashed out at President Donald Trump after he appeared to encourage police brutality in a recent speech.
The new Republican president told a number of law enforcement officers in Brentwood, New York, on Friday that police should not be “too nice” to criminals.
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?'” he said.
The remarks first drew criticism from the Suffolk County Police Department, whose jurisdiction is the county in which Trump spoke in.
“The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners,” the department tweeted. “Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously.”