When speaking to law enforcement about MS-13 gang activity, President Trump said, “don’t be too nice” to suspects. The crowd cheered.
Tempe, Tucson chiefs also post that they don’t condone ‘roughing up’ of suspects
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams joined law-enforcement leaders across the country in denouncing remarks made by President Donald Trump that suggested it is OK for officers to be rough with suspects.
Police chiefs in Tempe and Tucson also took issue with the president’s remarks, made Friday to law enforcement officials in Long Island, New York.
Williams, in a tweet posted Monday on the @PhxPDChief Twitter account, said, “I take exception to recent comments” by the president.
Williams went on to say Phoenix police will “stay committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect.”
Her tweet had prompted 500 “likes” as of Tuesday evening and had been retweeted more than 200 times. It also had elicited numerous responses on Twitter, most of them supportive, although some critics also weighed in. Some suggested Williams was being soft on criminals.
Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir posted a tweet on her official account Saturday applauding a statement made by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in response to Trump’s remark.
The association stressed that officers are extensively trained to ensure use of force is applied carefully.
Moir also said in a separate tweet that Tempe police do not “condone ‘roughing up’ suspects or any person …”
Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus on Saturday posted several tweets, one also applauding the IACP statement statement and another that reads in part, “Tucson PD cops know what professionalism means.”
Numerous law-enforcement agencies across the country condemned police violence after Trump advised officers “please don’t be too nice” during arrests.
“Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head, I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’” the president said in his speech Friday.
His remarks were condemned by New York City’s police commissioner and numerous other law-enforcement leaders and civil-rights groups over subsequent days.
USA Today contributed to this report.
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