After protesting the killing of George Floyd, President Trump told White House law enforcement leaders that he was opposed to a movement to abolish the police and that 99 percent of officers believed they were “big men.”
“We will not defraud our police. We will not dismantle our police, we will not dismantle our police force. Our police force allows us to live in peace,” Trump said in a circle of police leaders nationwide.
Several Democratic officials, including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are backing the effort to redirect police funds, with the majority of the Minneapolis City Council this weekend pledging to eliminate their police force.
“I see in some of the documents that they want to end the police department – stop the police in Minneapolis. Does this mean, ’’ ’’ ’’? ”Trump said.
“We want to make sure there are no bad actors around us. Sometimes you see some terrible things, like you’ve seen recently,” Trump said. “But 99, I mean 99.9, but 99% of them are great people. They’ve done record-setting work – so our crime statistics are in their absence.”
Participants in this roundup were Steven Castivens, president of the International Police Leaders Association and Pat Yose, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Trump said, “We’re going to work, we’re going to talk about ideas, how we can do it better, and if we can do it more smoothly. A thing like that should never have happened. “
Before reporters left the room, he added: “We will not end our police force in a city. I think you may have some cities you want to try, but it would be very sad if they did, because people are not going to be protected. “
White House officials applauding Trump on the table for signing the first step in the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2018, which reduced certain prison sentences and reformed various prison practices.
“You were the head of operations,” said White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Jarron Smith, a prominent African-American White House official, spoke of his own militancy at times around the police, but said, “If we want real reform, like real reform that can change communities, it starts from law enforcement. “
“Some bad apples cannot be allowed to be the center of any community. So we look forward to continuing to partner with all of you to find solutions, ”Smith said.
Sheriff Tony Childress, of Livingston County, Illinois, has been promoting mandatory extension training for officers and restraint on the neck.
“We look forward to working with you to get into law,” said Childress, a blacksmith.
Attorney General Bill Barr said police often believe they want new standards.
“Law enforcement has for some time fully understood the distrust of the African-American community over the criminal justice system,” Barr said. “As I reflect on this over the past few days and weeks, I have learned that for most of our history, in fact, until 60 years ago, the law was not explicitly discriminatory and did not provide equal protection.”
The White House meeting came after Capitol Hill Democrats unveiled a major police reform package Monday morning. The White House did not immediately respond to the bill, even though Barr opposed a specific proposal to revoke eligible immunity for officers accused of misconduct.