Edmonds Police Chief Compaan: Roughing up prisoners not OK

Jul 31, 2017
Edmond Police Chief Al Compaan

Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan on Monday, Aug. 31, issued the following statement:In light of recent comments from President Trump regarding the treatment of prisoners by law enforcement:

“I am troubled by President Trump’s comment to Suffolk County, New York, law enforcement this past Friday, apparently condoning the roughing up of prisoners in police custody. Made in jest or not, any intimation of it being OK to mistreat prisoners is irresponsible at best and is counter to law enforcement’s oath of office and code of ethics.

“Mistreatment of prisoners is also against the law. Earning the public’s trust and confidence is difficult enough. The President is not being helpful.”

Trump praised the aggressive tactics of immigration officers and suggested that police shouldn't protect the heads of handcuffed suspects being put in the back of a car.

"When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon. You see them thrown in rough. I said, 'Please don't be too nice.’

"Like, don't hit their head and they've just killed somebody. I said, 'You can take the hand away, OK?' "


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