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Trump signs executive order to curtail police violence

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Above, Trump signs an agricultural executive order in 2017. U.S. Government, Public Domain.

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order on police reforms. President Trump spoke at a live press conference earlier on Tuesday. The press release was aired all across mainstream news. Axios also gives insights on the contingencies of Mr. Trump’s police reform order. 

NPR News obtained the official document of the executive order. It is eight digital pages long and was classified as “for immediate release.” The purpose of the order was explained in Section 1. 

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“Section 1. Purpose. As Americans, we believe that all persons are created equal and endowed with the inalienable rights to life and liberty. A fundamental purpose of government is to secure these inalienable rights. Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers place their lives at risk every day to ensure that these rights are preserved,” reads the Executive Order in Section 1. 

The first contingency that Mr. Trump stated following the purpose address was a section regarding police and police assistant credentialing.

“Sec. 2. Certification and Credentialing. 

(a) State and local law enforcement agencies must constantly assess and improve their practices and policies to ensure transparent, safe, and accountable delivery of law enforcement services to their communities. Independent credentialing bodies can accelerate these assessments, enhance citizen confidence in law enforcement practices, and allow for the identification and correction of internal deficiencies before those deficiencies result in injury to the public or to law enforcement officers. 

(b) The Attorney General shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, allocate Department of Justice discretionary grant funding only to those State and local law enforcement agencies that have sought or are in the process of seeking appropriate credentials from a reputable independent credentialing body certified by the Attorney General. 

(c) The Attorney General shall certify independent credentialing bodies that meet standards to be set by the Attorney General. Reputable, independent credentialing bodies, eligible for certification by the Attorney General, should address certain topics in their reviews, such as policies and training regarding use–of-force and de-escalation techniques; performance management tools, such as early warning systems that help to identify officers who may require intervention; and best practices regarding community engagement. The Attorney General’s standards for certification shall require independent credentialing bodies to, at a minimum, confirm that: 

(i) the State or local law enforcement agency’s use-of force policies adhere to all applicable Federal, State, and local laws; and 

(ii) the State or local law enforcement agency’s use-of force policies prohibit the use of chokeholds — a physical maneuver that restricts an individual’s ability to breathe for the purposes of incapacitation — except in those situations where the use of deadly force is allowed by law. (d) The Attorney General shall engage with existing and prospective independent credentialing bodies to encourage them to offer a cost-effective, targeted credentialing process regarding appropriate use-of-force policies that law enforcement agencies of all sizes in urban and rural jurisdictions may access,” reads Section II of the executive order. 

Prepping for the order, Mr. Trump spoke with families who had been impacted by police violence. The families were not present in the White House’s Rose Garden as the executive order was signed. This was reported by Kaitlan Collins, the CNN White House correspondent, at 11:21 am on June 16. 

President Trump signed his executive order in the company of police. This was noted by Charlie Spiering, who is the White House Correspondent for Breitbart News. 

The White House released an official statement of the president’s remarks on safe policing. The statement is a complete transcript of the president’s remarks. In brief, the president’s executive order will provide more resources and target more solutions to improve the standards of policing. 

For example, Paul McLeod who is the Capitol Hill reporter for BuzzFeed News, has stated that Mr. Trump’s order will provide more resources for co-responders. This includes mental health specialists. The resources will allow such professionals to deploy with police and mediate the potential escalation of negative policing situations. 

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“Trump says his executive order will provide more resources for co-responders like mental health specialists to help police. We don’t know what that means yet and a lot of this will depend on what Congress passes as well,” said McLeod in a tweet that was posted at 11:30 am on June 16. 

Mr. McLeod also followed up within the same few minutes with his opinions about the new executive order. 

“It’s far too soon to say what actual changes will be made but if you told me a month ago Trump would sign an exec order on police violence while Republicans in Congress race to come up with their own reforms, I’d have been stunned. The force of this movement is on another level,” said McLeod in a tweet that was posted at 11:57 am on June 16. 

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