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Former Top Cop: Nothing Funny About Trump's Brutality 'Joke'

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President Trump’s remarks last week telling law enforcement officers in New York to “please don’t be too nice” with arrested suspects left him facing biting criticism, though the White House told Newsmax on Monday that he was “making a joke at the time.”

But the critiques came from many chiefs of police. Since the president delivered his controversial comments to law enforcement officers last Friday, police chiefs nationwide have been issuing strong rebukes of the remarks that appeared to call for “rough” handling of suspects.

One retired police official who was particularly critical of the president is himself a strong supporter of Trump and his agenda.

“I support President Trump on most issues,” Bob Vernon, former assistant chief of police of Los Angeles, told me. “I believe he is now leading our country in the right direction overall. And I’m appalled by the openly aggressive attempt to frustrate his efforts to keep his campaign promises to the nation that elected him."

But Vernon, who retired from the LAPD after a 37-year career that took him from street cop to the second-in-command position on the force and is a graduate of FBI’s National Executive Institute, quickly added, “I am troubled by the statement regarding the police use of force.”

The use of force by the police is, in Vernon’s words, “one of the most sacred trusts they have been granted. If he meant to communicate an abuse of power, that was wrong. To in any way give the impression that this sacred trust can be violated is inappropriate and should be either retracted or explained.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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President Trump’s remarks last week telling law enforcement officers in New York to “please don’t be too nice” with arrested suspects left him facing biting criticism, though the White House told Newsmax on Monday that he was “making a joke at the time.”
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