Press Secretary: Trump Was Joking About Police Brutality
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Trump was joking last week when he appeared to suggest that police officers not to worry about injuring alleged criminals when arresting them. Here’s the clip of Trump’s comments.
I believe he was making a joke at the time.
The comments were made by Trump while he made speech to law enforcement, where he appeared to encourage police to act with increased violence when dealing with offenders. The president told officers not to worry about suspects hitting their heads while lowering them into police cars during a speech about cracking down on the street gang MS-13. He stated,
When you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Don’t hit their head, and they just killed somebody — don’t hit their head … I said, you can take the hand away, okay?
I have to tell you… the laws are so horrendously stacked against us, because for years and years, they’ve been made to protect the criminal. Totally made to protect the criminal. Not the officers. You do something wrong, you’re in more jeopardy than they are.
Do you think Trump’s comments were made in a joking manner?