There’s Nothing Funny About Trump’s Troubling Policing Edicts: New at Reason

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on The Economic Crisis Report

Thomas Hawk/flickrTrump, who today called for a boycott of the NFL to punish players who don’t stand for the National Anthem in protest of police abuse, has been sending a message that law enforcement has more latitude now to bend and break the rules.

Steven Greenhut writes:

During a July speech to police in Long Island, Donald Trump joked that when officers “put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head” that “you can take the hand away, okay?”

Many of the cops laughed approvingly, but civil liberties groups—and even some law-enforcement officials—were upset that the president made light of police brutality, especially given some troubling nationally publicized incidents.

Trump’s defenders argued that he was only joking about the treatment of killers, and that the rest of us need to lighten up. Didn’t Ronald Reagan joke about bombing Russia as he prepared for a radio address? Well, yes.

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