The International Association of Chiefs of Police appeared to respond to President Trump's address Friday to police officers on Long Island where he encouraged police to rough up suspects, saying officers are trained to treat all people with "dignity and respect."
"Managing use of force is one of the most difficult challenges faced by law enforcement agencies. The ability of law enforcement officers to enforce the law, protect the public, and guard their own safety, the safety of innocent bystanders, and even those suspected or apprehended for criminal activity is very challenging," the group said in a statement, which did not mention Trump by name.
"For these reasons, law enforcement agencies develop policies and procedures, as well as conduct extensive training, to ensure that any use of force is carefully applied and objectively reasonable considering the situation confronted by the officers," the statement continued.
"Law enforcement officers are trained to treat all individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect, or defendant, with dignity and respect. This is the bedrock principle behind the concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy."
The Suffolk County Police Department also responded to Trump's comments, saying "we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners."
The statement comes after Trump pushed police to rough up suspects at a rally where he was slated to talk about the violent criminal gang MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha.
"When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddywagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, I said, ‘Please don't be too nice," the president said.
“Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?” he continued. “Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody. Don’t hit their head? I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’”