Maxine Waters hits Trump over comments to police – The Hill
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) took aim at President Trump on Saturday over his comments to police officers during a speech in Long Island, N.Y. this week.
Trump suggested officers allow suspects’ heads to hit the doors of police vehicles after they are placed under arrest.
“When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddywagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, I said, âPlease don’t be too nice,” Trump told an audience of law enforcement officers and crime victimsâ families.Â
âLike when you guys put somebody in the car and youâre protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?â the president continued. âLike, donât hit their head and theyâve just killed somebody. Donât hit their head? I said, âYou can take the hand away, OK?ââ
Trumpâs comments drew laughter and applause from many of the officers standing behind him on stage.Â
Waters ripped the speech Saturday, invoking the memory of Freddie Gray,Â a 25-year-oldÂ black man who died in 2015 of a spinal cord injury while in police custody in Baltimore.
“Freddie Gray’s family probably wants to know if officers will protect Trump’s head when he is thrown into the back of a paddy wagon,” Waters tweeted.
Freddie Gray’s family probably wants to know if officers will protect Trump’s head when he is thrown into the back of a paddy wagon.
â Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) July 30, 2017
Waters has been an outspoken critic of Trump throughoutÂ his presidency, often calling for his impeachment.Â