VIDEO: President Trump Makes ‘Police Brutality’ Joke, Everybody Loses Their Minds
Media Goes Out Of Its Way To Over-Exaggerate President Trump’s ‘Brutality’ Joke
Long Island, NY – In a speech on Friday about destroying the violent MS-13 gang, President Donald Trump made a joke about what is being widely reported as “police brutality.”
When I first started seeing reporters outraged by President Trump’s joke, I thought that these had to be a few isolated, slightly delusional individuals, but more and more reporters and civil rights groups are jumping on board.
In his speech on Long Island, President Trump laid out the dangers of MS-13.
“They kidnap. They extort. They rape and they rob,” President Trump said. “They stomp on their victims. They beat them with clubs, they slash them with machetes, and they stab them with knives. They have transformed peaceful parks and beautiful quiet neighborhoods into bloodstained killing fields. They’re animals.”
“And 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,” President Trump started. “I said please don’t be too nice.”
Speaking to police officers he continued, “Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, the way you out [your] hand, so they don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody.”
“I said you can take the hand away, OK,” Trump finished.
That’s right. President Donald Trump joked that police officers didn’t need to protect killers from banging their own heads into the side of a patrol car.
His joke was met with an awkward pause, followed by some polite applause from the gathered officers.
He didn’t even suggest that officers slam their heads, he just joked that officers shouldn’t protect them from themselves. Unfortunately, that’s not what’s being reported.
The ACLU went on a full-blown Twitter tirade across a large number of tweets, saying things like, “Encouraging police to dole out extra pain at will is urging lawlessness that already imperils the lives of people of color at shameful rates” and “We know what happened to Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, and too many others who lost their lives only because they were under suspicion.”
News reporters retweeted the Legal Defense fund saying, “The President’s remarks today encouraging police officers to disregard the safety of individuals in their custody rises to a new level of danger. No person, especially those who have only been accused of a crime, should be abused by those entrusted to uphold the law.”
Do these people actually realize that this was a joke and not a policy change? It seems not.
Daniel Dale, with Toronto Star reported, “‘America is once more a nation of laws,’ Trump says seven minutes after telling officers to feel free to slam suspects’ heads on their cars.”
Brad Heath with USA Today said, “The president just encouraged the police to rough up suspects once they’re arrested, to considerable applause.”
So many reporters picked this up that it even prompted the International Association of Chiefs of Police to respond with a statement, telling reporters that the president’s joke isn’t a policy change.
In their statement, they had to spell it out for people, saying, “…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.”
“Law enforcement officers are trained to treat all 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.”
You can see the video of the joke below: