Skip to comments.Trump plans to announce police reform executive order Tuesday
Posted on 06/15/2020 7:09:29 PM PDT by be-baw
plans to announce an executive order addressing police reform on Tuesday amid growing calls for action in the wake of George Floyds death.
The overall goal is we want law and order and we want it done fairly, justly. We want it done safely, Trump told reporters at the White House, confirming he would hold a news conference to sign the order on Tuesday.
But we want law and order, he added. This is about law and order, but its about justice also.
Senior administration officials told reporters Monday afternoon that the order would incentivize police departments to use best practices when it comes to use of force; encourage information sharing so that officials can track officers who have excessive use of force complaints; and call for co-responder programs in which social workers accompany police when responding to nonviolent reports involving homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol addiction.
The goal of this is to bring police closer together with the communities, a senior administration official told reporters on a background call organized by the White House. Were not looking to defund the police, we're looking to invest more and incentivize best practices.
The order will prioritize discretionary grants for police departments that are certified by bodies that train officers on de-escalation techniques and use of force standards, a second official said, including policies that prohibit chokeholds except in situations where deadly force is allowed by law.
We think that goes a lot further than anything anyones put on the table right now, the second official said.
The order was developed after conversations with law enforcement officials and their representatives, as well as representatives of families of victims who have been killed by police, a senior official said.
But its unclear how the executive order will be enforced or how law enforcement agencies will be held accountable, with officials indicating mayors and local officials will largely shoulder the burden to ensure their departments are complying with best practices.
Trump will deliver an address announcing the order on Tuesday and also plans to call on Congress to enact legislation to address police reform in the wake of Floyds death at the hands of Minneapolis police in late May.
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has been leading the effort for Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate and is expected to unveil legislation this week.
Meanwhile, House Democrats introduced a sweeping bill last week aiming to rein in police brutality. The legislation would impose a federal ban on chokeholds, mandate the nationwide use of body cameras, limit the qualified immunity doctrine shielding police officers from lawsuits, and establish a national database that would disclose names of officers who have a pattern of abuse, among other measures.
The White House has called the change to qualified immunity a non-starter. But there appears to be initial agreement on multiple other points, including outlawing chokeholds and requiring or incentivizing law enforcement to report uses of force.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that Trump would continue to work with Scott and other congressional leaders and that he would sign bipartisan legislation if he believed it to be reasonable.
Trump said last Thursday that his administration was finalizing an executive order that would encourage police departments to meet professional standards for the use of force in the line of duty.
Were working to finalize an executive order that will encourage police departments nationwide to meet the most current professional standards for the use of force, including tactics for de-escalation, Trump said during a roundtable with law enforcement and business and faith leaders in Dallas. The president described the order as encouraging force with compassion.
The flurry of activity around policing reform comes as protests have convulsed the nation following the death of Floyd, who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Trump, who has been under tremendous scrutiny for his response to the demonstrations, and Congress have been under pressure to take steps to address police reform.
Calls for changes in policing have intensified again this week after a white police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, in Atlanta.
"The trust that we have with the police force is broken and the only way to heal some of these wounds is through a conviction and a drastic change with the police department," Brookss cousin said Monday.
Albuquerque will use social workers to respond to certain 911 calls... Skepticism looms over police reform deal Trump, asked about the Brooks case on Monday afternoon, told reporters it was very disturbing.
I thought it was a terrible situation, he said. I studied it closely. Im going to get some reports done today, very strong reports, and well have a little more to say about it tomorrow.
-- Updated at 6:24 p.m.
I smell Kushner.
This is the dumbest thing he’s ever done. The FACTS show there ISN’T A PROBLEM. The issuee is black fatherless males raised with no boundaries or morals keep fighting the cops and resisting.
Why give into a narrative. Someone around POTUS let this get away from him, they held him back.
Snif... snif. So do I.
Is he going to call on black people to exercise self control? Obey the laws? Use the courts to dispute allegations, instead of fighting with cops? That social worker idea is the stupidest thing he has said to date. Get used to calling for police assistance and being told they are all standing around at some scene waiting for the crook to decide he wants to go to jail.
I am beginning to wonder if all of the Generals coming out against Trump was more of a direct threat than an protest ....
any executive order or legislation that doesn’t address the power of police unions to fire bad cops is...
pandering and is worthless.
Hopefully the order will be to shoot looters and arsonist on sight...
surely this will make America great again.
This sounds like —
If you can’t beat ‘em then join ‘em
A do nothing effort designed to make it look like the administration is doing something. Clinton did these all the time.
This is exactly how you lose 2020. Does Trump really think throwing cops under the bus is going to win him votes?
It doesn’t matter if it’s not a problem if it’s perceived to be a problem. I want this man re-elected and if this simple thing is what it takes to kick their ‘movement’ in the knees, do it.
America doesn’t have a ‘police problem’.
It has a Soros, Antifa, BLM et al problem.
“waiting for the crook to decide he wants to go to jail”
Ouch ! Very scathing. Good job. ridicule is mans most potent weapon. - Saul Alinsky
Welcome to Free Republic.
Oh its tge Hill. When will people trust Trump?
Trump will get over 50% of the black vote.
The word is getting out among unofficial channels, Trump "gets it."
It has a Soros, Antifa, BLM et al problem.
I think they realize that.
Unfortunately we have far too many "gonadless" so called leaders, that as usual, NOTHING will change!
To start with, the black community needs to finish school, get jobs, and stop aborting their babies. They have a lot of work to do with their values and lifestyle. Making the life of a gangsta cool is ridiculously stupid. So is making fun of anyone who tries to succeed while the rest are parasites. Im sick to effing death of paying taxes for losers who choose to be fucked up.
Having been involved with my Sheriff for decades, I can attest to the need for definite rules in order to protect both officers and civilians. Common practice around here to get the shit kicked out of you in the elevator going upstairs to booking - regardless of color.
There are indeed some very violent cops. There needs to be recourse.
That aint about color. But to everyone, follow the laws, and follow the officers commands if you get pulled over. Becoming a martyr for any political cause is not worth any life, on either side.
Deal with it.
And your attempted communist takeover while using blacks aint gonna work, lefties. We will bury all of you.
Work within the system for your own safety, liberals. Its all that is keeping you alive.
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