Sioux Falls Police chief responds to Trump's use of force comments

Sioux Falls, SD Police across the country and here in Sioux Falls are pushing back against part of President Trump's law-and-order speech in a New York suburb Friday.

Many believe the speech encouraged law enforcement to be rough.

"When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough. I said, please don't be too nice," President Trump said. "Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head, you know? The way you put your hand over their head? Like, don't hit their head and they just killed somebody? Don't hit their head? I said you can take the hand away, okay?"

In response to those remarks, Sioux Falls Police Chief Matt Burns released this statement:

"The comments by the President regarding police use of force do not reflect the views or the policy of the Sioux Falls Police Department in regards to the handling or treatment of persons in our custody. We treat all persons with respect regardless of our reason for contact with them."

Police in the New York Suburb where President Trump delivered the speech issued a similar statement:

"The Suffolk County Police Department has strict rules and procedures relating to the handling of prisoners, and violations of those rules and procedures are treated extremely seriously."



 
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