Donald Trump to sign executive order promoting better policing

Henrietta Strickland
June 16, 2020

Demonstrations also took place Monday evening in Washington's Lafayette Park across the street from the White House to mark two weeks since law enforcement forcefully cleared a peaceful crowd shortly before U.S. President Donald Trump walked through the area for a photo opportunity at a nearby church.

Trump said Monday measures in his executive order are the result of suggestions from multiple law enforcement agencies and families of persons killed by police.

The president's power over policing is limited because forces are largely controlled at a state and local level. But he quickly pivoted to a call for a return to "law and order" and a threat of penalties to looters.

The order will also encourage officers to call mental health professionals to the scene when dealing with someone who may have mental health issues, and it will offer federal grants to departments that curtail use of force.

Trump does not intend to acknowledge the role of systemic racism in policing, an official said, adding that the goal is "trying to bring people together with policy that will bring the country forward". The official named police departments in Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Ferguson.

Police with riot shields advance to detain protesters for blocking traffic on a freeway during a protest over the police shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, in Atlanta, Ga., on June 13, 2020.

The president said he'll issue a "very comprehensive" executive order, in the works for more than a week, to address some of the civil unrest over police tactics. "Most want major changes to how police officers interact with the public, especially black people".

"We're supporting law enforcement", Pence said.

The order will create a national database of police misconduct, preventing officers from moving from department to department if they have a track record of complaints of aggressive behavior or excessive force, Politico reported.

"A lot of the police departments that have had problems are not using the most modern standards".

Last week, amid cries to "defund the police", Trump reiterated several times that it won't happen.

"There will be no more looting or arson", Trump said. The Wendy's was burned to the ground, and officials are still looking for the perpetrator.

Trump's proposal would steer federal dollars to police departments that get independent certification by outside bodies and would ban chokeholds unless an officer's life was in danger.

On the Republican side, Sen.

In the cities of Albany and Schenectady, both mayors have passed policing reforms. "I think we'll find that".

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