Donald Trump “Jokes” About Police Brutality—But His Words Impact Criminal Justice

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. In Long Island, Donald Trump gave a speech to law enforcement officers. During the speech, he seemed to encourage the use of force when making arrests. For instance, he suggested that officers should not protect a person’s head when putting them inside a police car.

His language is alarming for many reasons. For one, it appears to encourage violence. Secondly, this is a case where the president of the United States is failing to account for a suspect’s rights. After all, a suspect is innocent until proven guilty. By claiming in his speech that his hypothetical suspect has “just killed somebody” he’s asserting that officers have the right to treat a person as if they are guilty, even though this fact has not been proven in a court of law.

The New Yorker reports that the Suffolk County Police Department, the N.Y.P.D. and the L.A.P.D. all noted that the president’s statements were against departmental policy. The statements are inflammatory and may encourage police brutality. Already, the Trump Department of Justice has limited the amount of oversight it will have over police departments who have, in the past, used excessive force.

Despite this horrifying rhetoric, individuals facing criminal charges and arrest have rights. If you or a loved one suffers a head injury due to a police officer’s use of force, you may be able to use this during your trial to defend your rights. You may even be entitled to a monetary award if you suffer serious injuries at the hands of police. However, not all suspects understand their rights. Some face criminal charges that they don’t fully understand. Others are offered plea deals without a clear understanding of the consequences or of the evidence officers have against them. This is why if you are facing criminal charges or have been arrested it is important to speak to the criminal defense attorneys at John L. Corn Law Offices.

According to the Marshall Project, Trump’s statements are in violation of the Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments, which protect individuals from suffering excessive force while they are in police custody. It is a crime to deprive a person of their constitutional rights. Trump essentially made a statement showing approval of police violating federal criminal laws. Trump swore to uphold the Constitution. A writer for the Marshall Project claims he violated that oath.

If you are facing criminal charges, you may be frightened and unsure about what to do next. Furthermore, if you feel your Constitutional rights were violated during your arrest, you may not know how to fight to protect yourself. In some cases, individuals may not even be aware that their Constitutional rights were violated until after they speak to a criminal defense attorney. John L. Corn can review the circumstances of your arrest, listen to your side of the story, and fight for your rights. Visit us at to learn more.

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