Suffolk Police Dept. Reject Trump's Incitement to Violence

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Trump-incites police to violence. Photo: Gage Skidmore-Flickr

Donald Trump, showed up on Long Island Friday spewing inflammatory comments that demonstrate his propensity for inciting violence and promoting his disdain for Barack Obama to the Suffolk County Police department.

Turns out the audience was comprised of officers in a police department that has been scrutinized for racial profiling, and whose former chief was recently sentenced to prison for beating a man.

Trump has a burning desire to discredit Obama and a commitment to destroying his pristine image and presidential legacy by whatever means at his disposal.

Under President Obama, the Justice Department opened investigations into more than two dozen police departments, and worked out formal reform agreements known as consent decrees with 14 of them including the Suffolk County Police Department. These agreements were reached in the wake of several nationwide high-profile fatal shootings of Black men by police.

Upon being appointed Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, probably following instructions from Trump, ordered Justice Department officials to review reform agreements with troubled police departments nationwide, saying it was necessary to ensure that these pacts do not work against the Trump administration’s goals of promoting officer safety and morale while fighting violent crime.

In his address to the Long Island crowd, Trump suggested police shouldn’t worry about roughing up suspects. This was Trump’s subtle attempt to erase the effects of Obama’s policing reform agreements.

In reference to MS13, a violent gang of young men mostly of Salvadorian decent, he suggested that police should ignore arrest guidelines and not be “nice” to the suspects. The president spoke dismissively of arresting officers who protect suspects’ heads while putting them in police cars.

Here is what Donald Trump told his audience: “I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’ Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting the head. You know? The way you put the hand over the head, 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?”

Officers in the audience responded to Trump’s remarks with thunderous applause. A green light for police to take the law into their hands.

Such a reaction is, at the very least, unsettling given the allegations of discrimination against the department. The Suffolk County Police Department was investigated for discriminatory policing against Latinos, including an indifference toward immigrant residents that discouraged reporting crimes and cooperation with law enforcement, failing to thoroughly investigate hate crimes, and enforcing immigration policies in a way that encouraged racial profiling.

A reform agreement reached between the DOJ and Suffolk County in 2013 required the department to institute a range of reforms. Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions sent a disturbing message to this crows and the officers relished the news.

The Long Island gang known as Mara Salvatrucha or MS 13 is known to have about 10,000 members and it’s one of the most dangerous and violent gangs in operation today. They are operational in over 40 cities around the United States. This is one of hundreds of dangerous street gangs operating in North and South America.

Donald Trump seems to revel in violent and dissident environments: During the presidential primaries of 2016, Trump encouraged violence among his supporters against protesters at his rallies. He encouraged a crowd of supporters to "knock the hell" out of anyone who looked like they might throw anything at him, and promised to pay the legal fees for anyone who took him up on his suggestion.

All succeeding rallies were accompanied by some sort of Trump inspired violence. When confronted with the possibility to make good on the promise to pay the legal fees of a man who admitted to punching a protester at a Trump rally in North Carolina, Trump said “No, I didn’t say that, I never said I was going to pay for fees.”

In a recent attempt to discredit Obama, he asked a group of teenage boys attending their annual Boy Scout Jamboree, “Did Barack Obama ever attend a Boy Scout Jamboree?" He answered his own question with a "no" 4but Obama did attend the Jamboree in 2010 via video. Trump had no interest in other presidents who had or had not attended the Jamboree; he either researched the issue or had someone do it for him and he knew Obama had not attended in person. However he got his expected results when he popped the question, boos and cheers.

Scouts learn the importance of being “trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” Few of those adjectives apply to Donald Trump. A man who can’t control himself to act in a manner befitting the setting, is a man without the steadiness of character to run a nation. A grown man who is so insecure as to seek affirmation in a group of teenagers is not a man with the maturity to lead a nation. A man who is so self-absorbed as to make every utterance about himself and his needs is not a man with the vision to elevate a nation.

Trump’s remarks has been repudiated by the Suffolk County Police. The Department said they will not tolerate such behavior from their officers: "The SCPD has strict rules and procedures relating to the handling of prisoners. Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously. As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners."

The failure of “Repeal and Replace” Obamacare is a direct result of Trump’s obsession with discrediting Barack Obama.

His 30 million supporters were not aware that the Affordable Care Act, which they loved and subscribed to, and Obamacare was one and the same. The pushback on “Trumpcare” came directly from them. Trumpcare had a 17% approval rating. It blew up in Congress and Obamacare was not repealed.

When will the United States Congress wake up and, on behalf of all its members and the American people remove this narcissist, arrogant, manipulative, vindictive, delusional, overbearing, ill-informed, deceitful, inarticulate, and pessimistic aberration to America’s image and reputation?

By Walter Smith publisher
The New York Beacon

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