Trump says he is 'finalizing' executive order to address policing

Sunday, 14 Jun, 2020

Amid global outrage over the death of George Floyd, an African American, in police custody, US President Donald Trump has said the controversial chokehold method for restraining some suspects should "generally" be banned, however, adding that it may be needed in risky situations. And he said: "'I don't even care if it makes it look like brutality, I'm going to crack down, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.' That frightened a lot of people when you said that". Trump, who has said he believed the case to be isolated and not evidence of systemic racism in US policing, has nevertheless been weighing executive action or legislation to influence law enforcement agencies.

"ANTIFA will be stopped under the leadership of President Trump from wreaking havoc and burning down buildings and injuring 750 law enforcement officers and destroying 150 federal buildings", she said.

"Recently, with the protests, how can we create better policing and community relations?" "So, you have to be careful", Trump added. We haven't, you know, this was one disgusting example, but you've seen other awful examples.

President Trump called George Floyd's death a "disgrace", but doubled down on his defense of police officers across the country. They say it is time for the country to address systemic problems in policing in America and spend more on other things communities across the USA need, like housing and education.

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Mr Trump, who has said he believed the case to be isolated and that it was not evidence of systemic racism in policing, has nevertheless been weighing executive action or legislation to influence law enforcement agencies.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Donald Trump's suggestion that Martin Gugino, the elderly man who was filmed being violently shoved down by Buffalo police, is an "ANTIFA agitator" who faked the attack. "President Trump is more interested in photo-ops than offering a healing voice as our nation mourns".

"Unfortunately, there's some trying to stoke division and to push an extreme agenda - which we won't go for - that will produce only more poverty, more crime, more suffering". The threat came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, called for the removal of statues of Confederate leaders from Capitol Hill and NASCAR announced it would ban Confederate flags at its races.

Last week, Trump drew sharp backlash when he threatened to send the military into Minneapolis to quell demonstrations and quoted a racist police chief from the 1960s in a tweet that Twitter later flagged for glorifying violence.

This week, Democrats introduced a police reform bill that would ban chokeholds and create a National Police Misconduct Registry. The phrase was also infamously tied to Miami police Chief Walter Headley in the late 1960s, seen by activists as antagonist towards the Civil Rights Movement.