Donald Trump is receiving some pointed criticism after a speech in Brentwood, N.Y. The President took the opportunity to encourage police officers to not 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?
Serve and "protect" - but not the head. You can take that hand away.
People criticized the speech and the officers who applauded Trump's suggestion almost immediately.
Even officers spoke out publicly against the message.
Things have ramped up from there, though. Entire departments are now speaking out against Trump's words.
But it was the NYPD's response to Trump that sends one of the strongest messages. First of all, the NYPD declined to send any officers to Trump's speech to begin with. The President spoke in Long Island, NY, and officers could have easily attended, but police commissioner James O'Neill told reporters that the department was too busy for Trump's speech.
Nick pointed out that a good chunk of the NYPD force lives on Long Island, so... yeah. Make of that information what you will.
Not only did the NYPD not send any officers to the speech, they quickly distanced themselves from the message Trump delivered.