Trump Calls for Cop-Killers to Get the Death Penalty
President says 'criminals who murder police officers' should be executed
President Donald Trump has declared that those convicted of killing police officers should be punished with the death penalty.
Trump made the remarks during a speech at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in front of the Capitol in Washington DC on Wednesday.
During an emotionally-charged appearance, President Trump addressed the issue of police officers being murdered, saying that cop-killers should be executed for their crimes.
“The ambushes and attacks on our police must end, and they must end right now,” Trump said.
"We believe that criminals who murder police officers should immediately, with trial, get the death penalty—but quickly.
"The trial should go fast. It’s got to be fair, but it’s got to go fast."
The president first made calls for the death penalty during his campaign, however.
During a campaign rally in New Hampshire, according to the Hill, he said: “One of the first things I’d do in terms of executive order, if I win, will be to sign a strong, strong statement that would go out to the country, out to the world, anybody killing a policeman, a policewoman, a police officer, anybody killing a police officer, the death penalty is going to happen.”
According to the Epoch Times, on Wednesday, the president noted that the number of officers killed in ambushes has decreased since he took office and seemed to connect it to the money he’s sent police departments for upgraded gear.
“I’m very proud to have sent to all of the police departments all over the country hundreds of millions—and even billions—of dollars’ worth of military equipment that wasn’t being used.
"Beautiful, wonderful, safe, great equipment that wasn’t being used. And other administrations didn’t want to send it.
"Someday, you’ll explain that one to me,” Trump said.
“But it’s been sent and it’s been used, and I’ve had so many people tell me how happy they were and how many lives it saved.
"We’ll never back down when it comes to protecting out police, ever. Ever.”
The courage & sacrifice of our heroes is the reason our flag stands tall, our hearts beat with pride, and our Country remains one people, one family, and one NATION UNDER GOD. Today, we thank you, we honor you, & we forever cherish the memory of our Fallen Men and Women in Blue! pic.twitter.com/ARHYgDVi3M— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2019
Trump then condemned people who use “hateful anti-police rhetoric” and said that “another dangerous trend” in recent years is prosecutors in some cities, such as Philadelphia and Chicago, deciding not to prosecute criminals who break the law.
“Last year, in Philadelphia, a robber shot and gravely injured a deli owner. He was a good man. He’ll never be the same.
"But he may serve—this criminal—a sentence that is very short. In fact, they’re looking at about three years, if you can believe this. Three years,” Trump said.
He then appeared to make a reference to “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who Chicago prosecutors inexplicably dropped 16 felony counts against after he allegedly faked a hate crime with the help of friends.
“Dangerous criminals must be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.
"That’s the only language they understand. And those who file false police reports should face full legal consequences."
We stand firmly, strongly, and proudly with the incredible men and women of law enforcement. You do not hear it nearly enough, but Americans across this Country love you, support you, and respect you more than you could possibly know! #PeaceOfficersMemorialDay pic.twitter.com/T0qB5zN7WG— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2019
“Corporal Singh headed out on duty—which he loved—to protect and to serve. You all know the story,” Trump said.
"Because hours later, he was gunned down and killed during a simple traffic stop.
"He was a vicious killer, this man that crossed into our country from the border just a little while before.
"A vicious killer that could’ve been kept out with border security, with the wall, with whatever the hell it takes.
“Could’ve been kept out. But we’re getting it there. We’re building the wall.
"We’re beefing up like you wouldn’t believe. The military has come into action.
"People are trying to come into our country illegally because our country is doing well.
"They can’t come in illegally. They have to come in through the legal system. They have to come in through merit.
"They can’t come in like this killer came in—just rode across the border, went through every sign he could go through.”
Trump invited Singh’s wife and brother up on stage, and Reggie Singh, the brother, expressed his support for the president.
“This man over here, the Singh family supports him. Whatever he is doing for the law enforcement, we support him,” he said, referring to Trump.
“His team at the White House has reached out to us multiple times. Multiple times.
"I don’t think that ever happened before. Ever. This man is amazing, and my family supports him. Thank you.”
Anamika Singh, Ronil Singh’s widow, also spoke, thanking Trump for reaching out to the family.
“I actually want to thank you personally for—you’re the only one that actually reached out and said, gave your condolence to the family,” she said.
"And it actually means a lot to all of our law enforcement families that are here.
"For the sacrifice, my husband and his brothers in blue, in blue, have given. So I want to thank you for that.
“And we all—every family sitting out here wants justice for what happened to their loved ones.
"And that’s what I want for my husband.”