Donald Trump is receiving some pointed criticism after a speech in Brentwood, N.Y. on Friday.
During his speech to members of law enforcement, President Trump took the opportunity to encourage police officers not to be "too nice" when dealing with suspects they are arresting. At one point he stated:
"Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head... you can take that hand away, OK?"
People criticized the speech and the officers who applauded Trump's suggestion almost immediately.
Even officers spoke out publicly against the message.
Tempe Police do not condone "roughing up" suspects or any person- we protect and serve all- true leadership demands it!— Sylvia Moir (@ChiefMoir) July 29, 2017
And things have ramped up from there. Entire departments are now speaking out against Trump's words.
As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.— Suffolk County PD (@SCPDHq) July 28, 2017
But it was the NYPD's response distancing itself from the President that sent the strongest message and Twitter took notice.
Rachel pointed out the difference in tone between this condemnation and others.
this seems stronger than some of the other police statements on Trump. Possibly because NYPD knows they have problems on this— Rachel Joy Larris (@RachelLarris) July 30, 2017
While many people are applauding and thanking the NYPD for this statement, not everyone is convinced that there is any authenticity there.
No, NYPD needs to be able to point to this next time there's a brutality complaint. This is CYA not substantive.— Marc (@webmarc) July 30, 2017
No one doubted the authenticity of the jab NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio took at Trump, however.