"Please don't be too nice", Trump said to an auditorium full of police officers when placing "thugs into the back of a paddy wagon".
"Your Second Amendment is safe", Trump said.
"Like when you guys put somebody in the vehicle and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?" the president continued. "'Don't hit their head.' I said, 'You can take the hand away, OK?'"
Cops cheer after President Trump praises police brutality while encouraging officers to rough up suspects during arrest.
The @POTUS made remarks today that endorsed and condoned police brutality.
Mr. Trump's words were particularly sensitive in Suffolk County. Clearly, some humor is in bad taste and we will surely get some that attack us for seemingly defending the President's words but seriously, is there so much hatred for President Trump and law enforcement that the clear joke can not be seen?
"The President of the United States has no business endorsing or condoning cops being rough with arrestees and suggesting that we should slam their heads onto the auto while putting them in", the department said in a Facebook post.
"Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously", read a statement from the agency. "As a police department we are committed to helping people, not harming them", Evans said.
The comments were made during an address largely focusing on the transnational, violent gang MS-13.
"We are working diligently in Baltimore to build relationships of trust and respect between our police officers and the community", Pugh spokesman Anthony McCarthy said.
In reality, the president was just putting across an important message, not only to the nation's law enforcement officers but to citizens who see that the hands of the law are often tied.
On Saturday, New York police commissioner James P. O'Neill said the department's policies about the use of force "only allow for measures that are reasonable and necessary under any circumstances, including the arrest and transportation of prisoners", according to the New York Times. Zeke Johnson, the senior director of programs at Amnesty International USA noted Trump's "inflammatory and hateful speech will only escalate tensions between police and communities". "This is the bedrock principle behind the concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy".
Trump's provocations of law enforcement also must be viewed with this in mind: Trump's Department of Justice is charged with enforcing a sweeping consent decree with huge reforms for the city's police department after a federal investigation launched following Gray's death revealed patterns of discriminatory and unconstitutional policing.