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Sunday, July 30, 2017

More Pushback, Different Subject

I think we're all ready to admit that Trump can't do anything right. (Except con the gullible, but anyone can do that.) I'm sure you've read or heard about his speech to a group of police officers the other day:

“When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, I said, please don’t be too nice,” Trump remarked at Suffolk County Community College.

“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, okay?”

At a time when police-community relations are arguably worse than ever before, when there is widespread criticism of racial bias in enforcement and prosecution, when almost everyone (except Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III) is aware that the "War on Drugs" is dismal failure, and almost everyday sees another story about police brutalizing random suspects, Trump comes up with something like this -- if he had set out deliberately to make the situation worse, he couldn't have done a better job.

Of course, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he has no understanding of basic American principles such as the rule of law and the presumption of innocence.

By all reports, those cops in attendance loved it.

Not so much the heads of police departments around the country:

The Suffolk County Police Department was one of the first to criticize.

“The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners,” the department wrote. “Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously. As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.”

New York, Los Angeles, and Boston have also weighed in.

The heads of police unions, on the other hand, were in support of Trump's remarks -- but then, they're the union equivalent of the NRA.

Of note: I haven't been able to find a reaction from the Chicago PD or the mayor to that speech. Of course, we do our best to ignore The Hairpiece here.

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