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President Donald Trump on Friday told a cheering crowd of police officers that they shouldn't be afraid to rough up suspects during arrests.

"Law enforcement officers are trained to treat all individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect, or defendant, with dignity and respect", the organization said. "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?'"

President Trump also promised in his speech to enforce the nation's laws, protect our borders and support police like never before.

"Let's be clear, the real target of President Trump's dragnet is not criminals, it is immigrants", said Irma Solis, director of the Suffolk chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

When President Trump entered the theater at Suffolk County Community College around 2:15 p.m., the 300 officers in the audience and seated behind him on the stage gave him a standing ovation. "Not the officers. You do something wrong, you're in more jeopardy than they are", he added.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has instructed the Justice Department's law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to prioritize the prosecution of MS-13 members, as directed by an executive order Trump signed in February. It was the president's first speech on LI since he held campaign rallies in Bethpage and Patchogue past year.

Police can not treat every community like an invading army, and encouraging violence by police is irresponsible and reprehensible.

Trump came to Long Island because the MS-13 gang, which is known to target immigrants to the United States from countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, has been linked to gruesome killings there, and he wanted to highlight his administration's immigration enforcement policies. But a short time later, the Suffolk County Police Department sought to distance itself from Mr. Trump's urgings.

However, he singled out one Republican official - the only one of the many he recognized from the dais who was not actually in the room. Hours later, the local Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) issued two tweets clarifying that it doesn't allow violence. We call on the president to immediately and unequivocally condemn police brutality.

Trump likened the gang members to animals who "transformed peaceful parks and attractive quiet neighborhoods into blood-stained killing fields".


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