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Trump’s Dangerous Incitement of Police Violence

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James Fallows notes another milestone on the road to an authoritarian society: President Trump encouraging the police to treat citizens with violence (and they need little encouragement, it seems).

Today the president of the United States openly called on police officers to rough up suspects they were bringing into detention, half-an-hour into a speech in which he described as “animals” gangs of immigrants that were supposedly hunting down and sadistically cutting up “beautiful”  young Americans.

And the uniformed police officers around him, on Long Island, laughed and cheered.

This is not out of character for the “knock the crap out of him!” candidate of the campaign trail, or the “American carnage” man who exercises power.

But it is bad; it is not normal; it should be noticed; and law-enforcement officers and elected officials should point out that this is wrong.

After watching this, consider this post from Kevin Drum:

Earlier this year from the Wall Street Journal:

Overall crime fell to an all-time low in Long Island’s Suffolk County last year….The 19,877 crime incidents reported in 2016 were down 5.7% from the previous year’s 21,076 crime incidents and represented the fewest since the department began tracking them in 1975….Violent-crime incidents, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, fell by 10.9%.

And this:

Crime in Long Island’s Nassau County fell to its lowest level in at least 50 years,according to statistics released Thursday….The Nassau County Police Department said the 26,153 crime incidents reported in 2016 were down nearly 2% from the previous year. Major-crime incidents, including murder, rape, robbery and assault, fell 9%.

And here is Donald Trump today speaking in Long Island:

View image on Twitter of Donald Trump: Peaceful Long Island neighborhoods have become “blood-stained killing fields,” says @POTUS. “They’re animals.”

I’m all in favor of taking down the MS-13 gang, although this is something that’s been a priority for many years already. But no, despite the presence of MS-13 on Long Island, it’s not a blood-stained killing field. In fact, it’s a pretty safe place that can boast of an all-time low crime rate. Trump, as usual, is just being Trump.

Written by LeisureGuy

28 July 2017 at 3:56 pm

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