Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts says he’s not on board with statements President Donald Trump made last week regarding policing.
In a statement released Monday, Roberts said the president’s statements “do little to build community trust and potentially undermine the significant level of work being done by the Olympia Police Department and other agencies across the country.”
The statement is a response to a speech Trump made on July 28 in Suffolk County, New York, in which he appeared to advocate for rougher treatment of people in police custody. The Associated Press reported that he spoke dismissively of the police practice of shielding the heads of handcuffed suspects as they are being placed in patrol cars.
"Don't be too nice," Trump told law enforcement officers.
In response, Roberts said that the Olympia Police Department is committed to the Olympia community and its values.
“Procedural justice, fair and impartial policing, and community policing are the core concepts of law enforcement Olympians expect and we deliver,” he said.