Trump Endorses Police Brutality, Gets Cheered
As if America’s racist, paternalist culture weren't bad enough already, we now have a president who can actively endorse police brutality and receive an ovation of cheers.
On July 28 at a rally on Long Island, Trump exclaimed, “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, and I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’” In response, the crowd applauded.
In this speech, not only does Trump use the racially coded, dog whistle term “thug,” but he openly advocates for violence, effectively against people of color, who are predominantly affected by police brutality. This attitude of “not being nice” is exactly what killed Eric Garner for selling loose cigarettes, Philando Castile for following the officer’s orders to a tee, and Tony Robinson for having a mental health disturbance.
In fact, it’s integral to the safety of the community that the police are “nice” and non-violent. Police brutality erodes trust between officers and community members, and this can cause a lot of damage. If Trump truly cares about safety, he should advocate for non-violent police practices instead.
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