WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday at a White House Rose Garden ceremony, President Trump signed his Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities, which mandates certain police reforms aimed at preventing recurrence of events such as the recent killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.
The signing of the executive order took place immediately after the president met with families who had lost loved-ones to deadly encounters with the police. “There were a lot of tears in the room,” said one attendee.
Regarding the executive order, President Trump made it clear that he rejects the extreme demands of certain anarchist groups that are pushing to abolish police altogether. “I strongly oppose the radical and dangerous effort to defund, dismantle, and dissolve our police departments–especially now when we’ve achieved the lowest recorded crime rates in recent history,” the President said.
Key points in the new executive order include:
- Certification: The Justice Department will now allocate certain funding only to law enforcement agencies that meet high standards for use-of-force and de-escalation, as credentialed by reputable independent bodies. As part of this new credentialing, chokeholds will be banned except if an officer’s life is at risk.
- Information sharing: The Attorney General will create a database for federal, state, and local law enforcement to track terminations, criminal convictions, and civil judgments against law enforcement officers for excessive use-of-force.
- Mental health: To protect both officers and our most vulnerable populations, the Administration will prioritize training for police and social workers who respond to incidents involving the mentally ill, addicted, and homeless.
- Legislative action: The Administration will develop and propose new legislation to Congress to build on these policies and boost community engagement.
The President made a point to praise the vast majority of police officers, who he said are decent and law-abiding. “The vast majority of police officers are selfless and courageous public servants,” President Trump said. “When others run away from danger, police run straight into harm’s way, often putting their lives at stake to protect someone who they don’t know or never even met.”
Responding to the executive order, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said, “The President’s Executive Order falls seriously short of what is required to combat the epidemic of racial injustice & police brutality that is murdering Black Americans. We must insist on the bold change found in the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.”
“Many of the same politicians now presenting themselves as the solution are the same ones who have failed for decades on schools, jobs, justice, and crime,” said President Trump. “They’re all often, unfortunately, the same politicians running the cities and states where help is most needed.”
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