Trump: Police wrongdoing needs to be 'vigorously addressed'

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE called for wrongdoing on the part of police officers to be "vigorously addressed" following this week's shootings of unarmed black men in North Carolina and Oklahoma.


"The problem is not that there are too many police. The problem is that there are not enough police," the GOP presidential nominee said at a rally in Pennsylvania Thursday.  

"We must do everything to ensure they're properly trained and they respect all members of the public and that any wrongdoing is always vigorously addressed." 

In Charlotte, N.C., the death of Keith Lamont Scott and the refusal of the city's police department to release a video of the incident has sparked two nights of violent protests. 

As of Thursday morning, nine people have been injured and 44 arrested during the riots, Reuters reports. 

And in Tulsa, Okla., the officer who fatally shot Terence Crutcher was charged with first-degree manslaughter Thursday.

Trump said communities should work with and not against their police departments. 

"The main victims of these violent demonstrations are law abiding African-Americans who live in these communities and only want to raise their children in safety and peace and with a good education," Trump said. 

"We must work with our police and not against our police. They are great people and they do a great job." 

He continued to say that some are "peddling" the narrative that cops are a racist force in society. 

"This is a narrative that is supported with a nod by my opponent," he said of Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Harris make first public appearance as running mates Trump campaign spox rips GOP congressman over rejection of QAnon conspiracy Biden hits back after Trump's attacks on Harris MORE, adding that she doesn't worry about gun violence because "she's sleeping."