LENOIR, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The Lenoir Police Department took to social media this week to distance themselves from President Trump's comments encouraging police violence.
On Friday, July 28 President Donald Trump made remarks which appeared to encourage harsher treatment of people in police custody.
Multiple police departments across the United States came out over the weekend and distanced themselves from the president's comments.
The White House has said President Trump was joking when he made the comments about police mistreating suspects, but police departments around the country continue to sharply criticize the president, stating it doesn't matter if he was kidding when the remarks were made.
"I assume most of you have heard about the comments made by President Trump during a speech in Brentwood, NY on Friday. Furthermore, I trust that your training and professionalism would never allow you to adhere to his advice on policing, and more specifically, on police use of force and treatment of suspects. I really have no idea what his intentions were in this speech as it flies in the face of everything I’ve ever been trained, taught, or believed in," the Lenoir Police Department said in a post on Facebook that was from Chief Brown to the Lenoir Police Department staff.
The post went on to say, "If you are asked about this on the street, I encourage you to emphasize that your decisions on use of force or suspect apprehension are guided by good judgment, professional training, department policy, and the law."
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International Association Chiefs of Police statement on July 28:
"Managing use of force is one of the most difficult challenges faced by law enforcement agencies. The ability of law enforcement officers to enforce the law, protect the public, and guard their own safety, the safety of innocent bystanders, and even those suspected or apprehended for criminal activity is very challenging. For these reasons, law enforcement agencies develop policies and procedures, as well as conduct extensive training, to ensure that any use of force is carefully applied and objectively reasonable considering the situation confronted by the officers.
Law enforcement officers are trained to treat all individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect, or defendant, with dignity and respect. This is the bedrock principle behind the concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy."