Trump's White House personnel shuffle eclipses his own message on gang violence

Calvin Saunders
July 30, 2017

Police chiefs from around the world condemned President Trump's tough-talking speech Friday in which he encouraged Long Island cops to rough up MS-13 gang suspects.

President Trump said. "Like, don't hit their head, and they just killed somebody - don't hit their head".

Trump said during his speech: "We're liberating our American towns - can you believe I'm saying that? I said you can take the hand away, OK?"

It was an awkward situation, particularly since Priebus had come to Long Island on Air Force One with the president, along with newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: One by one, we're finding the illegal gang members - drug dealers, thieves, robbers, criminals and killers. One part of Mr. Trump's message, in particular, is causing a Social Media meltdown; the president talks about the kid gloves approach to arresting unsafe criminals. Among them was Rodman Serrano, 23, a child of immigrants from El Salvador and Brentwood High School graduate, who said that Mr. Trump was spreading an exaggerated narrative that assumed all Latinos are being gang members.

Law and order speeches aren't very popular with the left, as you can imagine. Those comments also received a lengthy applause. The Suffolk County Police Department said it "will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners" and made sure to note that violations are taken "extremely seriously". "And we're backing you 100 percent".

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"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.

In a tweet after President Trump's appearance, the Suffolk County Police Department's Twitter account stated, "The SCPD has strict rules and procedures relating to the handling of prisoners". Attorney General Jeff Sessions has pushed for a crackdown on MS-13, which has led to hundreds of arrests in Suffolk County.

Trump likened the gang members to animals who "transformed peaceful parks and attractive quiet neighborhoods into blood-stained killing fields".

In this city it is clear that, as the Justice Department concluded, the police force's "relationship with certain Baltimore communities is broken". "We can not accept this violence one day more".

The police department in Gainesville, Florida issued an even harsher condemnation, claiming that the President "endorsed and condoned police brutality".

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