Trump Signs Executive Order For Police Reform, Urges Chokehold Ban

Trump Executive Order

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order in which he urged police departments nationwide to adopt stricter standards when it comes to use of force.

He also called for police to place a ban on chokeholds.

Trump Signs Police Reform Executive Order

“As part of this new credentialing process, chokeholds will be banned, except if an officer’s life is at risk,” Trump said in the White House’s Rose Garden. “And I will say, we’ve dealt with all of the various departments and everybody said ‘it’s time.'”

Trump’s order also encourages developing a database for police to share information on “bad apple” officers, meaning those who have a history of misconduct and yet instead of being punished or fired just end up at a different department. In addition, it encourages using social workers and individuals trained in mental health issues, so-called co-responders, to respond to non-violent police requests.

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Trump: ‘Americans want law and order’

President Trump surrounded himself with law enforcement officials and spoke strongly about “law and order” during Tuesday’s remarks.

“Americans want law and order. They demand law and order,” the President said. “They may not say it. They may not be talking about it, but that’s what they want. Some of them don’t even know that’s what they want, but that’s what they want.”

“We have to find common ground, but I strongly oppose the radical and dangerous efforts to defend, dismantle and dissolve our police departments, especially now when we’ve achieved the lowest recorded crime rates in recent history,” Trump said.

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“Americans know the truth,” he continued. “Without police, there’s chaos. Without law, there’s anarchy and without safety, there’s catastrophe.”

Trump began his comments Tuesday by praising what he called some “incredible” family members of individuals who have died over police brutality, including members of the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Botham Jean, Antoine Rose, Jamel Roberson, Atatiana Jefferson, Michael Dean, Darius Tarver, Cameron Lamb, and Everett Palmer.

Trump to victim’s families: ‘Your loved ones will not have died in vain’

“To all of the hurting families, I want you to know that all Americans mourn by your side,” Trump said.

“Your loved ones will not have died in vain,” the President added. “We’re one nation, we grieve together and we heal together. I can never imagine your pain or the depth of your anguish. I can promise to fight for justice for all of our people.”

Trump noted that the Senate’s only black Republican member, Tim Scott of South Carolina, has led reform efforts in Congress.

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“I gave a commitment to all of those families today with Sen. Tim Scott, Attorney General Bill Barr. We are going to pursue what we said we will be pursuing and we will be pursuing it strongly,” Trump said.

The President Trump said he is fully behind legislative reform, beyond his executive order.

“Beyond the steps we’re taking today, I am committed to working with Congress on additional measures,” Trump said. “And hopefully they’ll all get together, they’ll come up with a solution that goes even beyond what we’re signing today, but this is a big, big step.”

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