Gainesville Police: We reject Trump's remarks endorsing police brutality
The Gainesville Police Department took to Twitter Friday to denounce statements by President Donald Trump that "endorsed and condoned police brutality."
Trump made the statements during a speech in front of an audience in New York largely comprised of law enforcement officers.
"Don't be too nice," Trump said to officers about putting handcuffed suspects in patrol cars. Many in the audience applauded the comments.
Officer Ben Tobias, spokesman for Gainesville Police, was not one of them.
"I'm a cop," Tobias tweeted. "I do not agree with or condone @POTUS remarks today on police brutality. Those that applauded and cheered should be ashamed."
Tobias's tweet had more than 9,000 retweets seven hours later. Predictably, Tobias' tweet was met with both praise and scorn.
The police department's official Twitter account later followed with its own tweet, saying Trump's remarks "endorsed and condoned police brutality."
"GPD rejects these remarks and continues to serve with respect."
Tobias later tweeted the chief gave him the authority to respond.
"We will not condone any police brutality," his tweet said.