San Luis Obispo County

SLO police chief weighs in on President's comments on handling suspected gang members

SLO police chief weighs in on...

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell is weighing in on President Trump's comments Friday on how he suggests law enforcement should handle suspected gang members. 

"Police chiefs, law enforcement agencies around the nation have been working incredibly hard to build trust that we've lost over the years," San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell said. 

San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell says President Trump's recent comments aren't helping rebuild trust between police and communities.

"Anything that might erode that or damage that, hurts us," Cantrell said. 

Trump was on Long Island Friday, talking to law enforcement about the 17 gang-related murders that have happened in the past year and a half there in Suffolk County, when he offered this advice to the officers. 

"Please don't be too nice, like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head, I said you can take the hand away, ok," President Trump said. 

After hearing this, Cantrell went to Twitter, and said: SLOPD will continue to follow the laws related to use of force, the Constitution, & treat all we encounter with dignity and respect.

"Anything that is said nationally or locally, I don't want anything to damage the relationship that we've worked so hard to build with each other," Cantrell said. 

We showed people around town the clip of Trump's speech to law enforcement to see what they thought.

"We don't need to be treating criminals with as much respect as they think they need," Vincent Depass said. 

"I think people should be treated with respect.. suspects are just suspects.. they're not nessecarily a criminal," Rich Jolissaint said. 

"The San Luis Obispo Police Department cares about you, we're here to keep you safe.. and we will continue to treat everybody with dignity and respect just like we always have," Cantrell said. 

Chief Cantrell has started a program called PACT - where she's meets with marginalized communities regularly.  

The following is a link to Chief Cantrell's tweet: 

The Los Angeles Police Department and other departments have expressed similar thoughts on the President's comments.


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