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tv   President Issues Executive Order on Policing  CSPAN  June 16, 2020 7:30pm-8:01pm EDT

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7:00 eastern wednesday morning and join the discussion with phone calls, the house judiciary committee looks at the democrats propose justice a simple leasing act for possible changes. if approved, it goes to the full house. watch live, wednesday, 10:00 a.m., on c-span. this november we are going to take back the house. going to hold the senate i'm going to keep the white house. >> president trump returns to the campaign trail saturday for rally and tells a. watch our live coverage starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span, on demand at, or listen on the go with the free c-span radio app. trump today signed an executive order on policing
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in response to the death of george floyd and protests across the nation, calling for police reform. the order outlines professional standards and additional training for police departments nationwide. this is half an hour. [applause] president trump: thank you all very much. totake historic action ensure safety for every american of every race, religion, color, and creed. joined by professionals and community leaders. though we may all come from different places and different
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backgrounds, we are united by our desire to ensure peace, dignity, and equality for all americans. i've just concluded meeting with incredible families, just incredible families that have been through so much, the families of ahmaud arbery, both rose, --botham dean, darius and everettron lam, palmer. these are incredible people. and it's so sad. many of these families lost their loved ones in deadly interactions with police. to all of the hurting families, i want you to know that all
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side.ans mourned by your your loved ones will not have died in vain. we are one nation, we grieve together, and we heal together. painld never imagine your or the depth of your anguish, but i can promise to fight for ,ustice for all of our people and i gave a commitment to all of those families today when senator tim scott and attorney general bill barr, we are going to pursue what we said. we will be pursuing it and we will be pursuing it strongly. i want to recognize attorney who spent sobarr, much time on this and other matters like this. bill, thank you very much for being here. [applause]
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along with senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and tim scott, they will be working on a senate bill also that can go hand-in-hand with this. and also representative kelly louie gohmert, jim stauber, thanks also to florida attorney general ashley moody, the president of the fraternal order of police, pat yost, president of the international association of , and many other law enforcement leaders who will be joining me at the signing. today is about pursuing common for a causeghting like we seldom get the chance to fight for. you have to find common ground. but i strongly oppose the
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radical and dangerous efforts to defend, dismantle, and dissolve our police departments, especially now when we've achieved the lowest recorded crime rates in recent history. truth,ns know the without police, there is chaos. without law, there is anarchy, and without safety there is catastrophe. we need leaders at every level of government for the moral clarity to state these obvious facts. americans believe we must support the brave men and women in blue who police our streets and keep us safe. americans also believe we must improve accountability, increase transparency, and invest more resources in police training, recruiting, and community engagement. reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals. they are not mutually exclusive. they work together, they all work together.
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that is why today i'm signing an executive order encouraging police departments nationwide to adopt the highest professional standards to serve their communities. the standards will be as high and a strong as there is on earth. the vast majority of police officers are selfless and courageous public servants. .hey are great men and women when others run away from danger, police run straight into harms way, often putting their lives at stake to protect someone who they don't know or never even met. great danger. police officers run straight this incredible harm. take the world trade center, they ran straight into the twin of themf 9/11, many
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never returned. never returned. .ast numbers new york's finest. never return. last year i presented the medal of valor to six aerobic police officers who ended a murderer's rampage, so professionally, in heroic ohio -- six police officers. hundreds of people would have been killed, surely, without them. we ask our police to put on the uniform and risk their lives for us every day. , because we can do they deserve it so much, they have to get our gratitude, and we have to give them great respect for what they do, for the job is one of the most dangerous jobs on earth. one of the most difficult jobs on earth. last year alone, 89 law
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enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. in recent days, to members of law enforcement were killed amid riots and looting and hundreds of police officers were injured just recently. one officer was shot in the head and is now laying in a hospital, almost totally paralyzed. despite our very good record on crime, law and order must be further restored nationwide and your federal government is ready, willing, and able to help. minneapolis after it got out of control for four days. we sent in representatives commonly known as the national down, and it was all put very quickly. we are willing to help. we are willing to help in seattle. we are willing to help anywhere you want. we will be there quickly.
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it won't take long. there will be no more looting or arson, and the penalty will be very grave for those who get caught. willnce and destruction not be tolerated. we cannot do that. the looters have no cause they are fighting for, just trouble. every day police officers make great sacrifices to keep our community secure and safe. in 2018, our police arrested nearly 12,000 people for murder. 25,000 people for rape, and nearly 1.5 million for assault. dangerous criminals. in many cases, local law enforcement is underfunded, understaffed, and under supported. chicagoll murders in
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and 68% of all murders in baltimore went without arrests last year. americans want law and order. they demand law and order. they maynot say it, not be talking about it, but that's what they want. some of them don't even know that's what they want, but that's what they want. and they understand that when you remove the police, you were hurt -- you hurt those who have the least the most. ,obody needs a strong trustworthy police force or than those who live in distressed thes, and is more posed to small number of bad police officers, and you have them. they are very tiny. i use the word tiny. it's a very small percentage, but you have them. but nobody wants to get rid of them more than the overwhelming number of really good and great police officers.
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some of them are standing with could be in the audience today, and i appreciate you being here. [applause] thank you, great job. what's needed now is not more stoking of fear and division. we need to bring law enforcement and communities closer together, not to drive them apart. under the executive order i'm signing today, we will prioritize federal grants from the department of justice to police departments that seek independent credentialing, certifying that they meet high standards and in fact, in certain cases, the highest standard. that's where they do the best. on the use of force and de-escalation training. for example, many believe improper training might have prevented the tragic deaths of jean. rose and botham
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chokeholds will be banned, except if an officer's life is at risk. and i will say we have dealt with all of the various departments and everybody said it's time, we have to do it. additionally were looking at new advance and powerful, less lethal weapons to prevent deadly interactions. new devices are being developed all the time and we are looking at the best of them. cost is no object. no object. under this executive order, departments will also need a share of information of -- about credible abuses, so that officers with significant issues do not simply move from one police department to the next. problem, and the heads of our police department said, whatever you can do about that, please let us know.
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we are letting you know, doing a lot about it. in addition, my order will direct federal funding to support officers in dealing with homeless individuals and those who have mental illness and substance abuse problems. we will provide more resources as co-respondents such social workers who can help officers manage these complex encounters. this is what they have studied and worked on all their lives. they understand how to do it and we will get the best of them put in our police departments and working with our police. withouthave reform undermining our many great and extremely talented law enforcement officers. president obama and vice president biden never even tried to fix this during their eight year period. the reason they didn't try is because they had no idea how to do it. and it is a complex situation.
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beyond the steps we are taking today, i am committed to working with congress on additional measures. already,has started and they will be having bills coming out of the senate and possibly out of the house, and hopefully they will all get together and they will come up with a solution that goes even beyond what we are signing today, but this is a big, big step. a step that hasn't been taken before. but in order to make real progress on public safety, we have to break old patterns of failure. many of the same politicians now presenting themselves as the solution are the same ones who on jobs,ed for decades justice, and crime. sametunately, the
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politicians running the cities and states where help is most needed. it's an attitude and it's not working. today's action is a big part of the solution to restoring, renewing, and rebuilding our communities. for the last 3.5 years, my administration has been focused on creating opportunities, fighting for equal justice, and truly delivering results. nobody has ever delivered results like we've delivered. nobody has come close. with some great people. we work with fantastic people to get it done. we enacted landmark criminal justice reform, something that nobody else could do. they tried, and they couldn't even come close, and we got it done. we got it done powerfully.
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people appreciate it, but it's something that with all the work, all the talk for so many years, criminal justice reform, nobody else could get done. we secured permanent and record funding for hbcus, that is historically like colleges and universities. numbers that they never thought were possible, and long-term financing, because they would come back to the white house. after my third year, i said, why are you here again? great people. the heads of black colleges and universities. great people. they do such an incredible job. and after the third year i said, why are you doing this? we need money again. i said don't we set it like you have a 10 year program or a five-year program? no, sir, for years and years we've had to come back every single year.
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i said the only bad thing about what i'm going to do is, i'm going to give you long-term financing and i'm going to up the amount, but i won't get to see you anymore. so that's the bad part, but you can focus on education now instead of worrying about dealing with us in washington. so we did that for the historically black colleges and universities. i'm very proud of it, they are incredible people. i got to know a lot of the names of those colleges. they do an incredible job. and they don't get the notoriety that they should have. we expanded affordable options for better health care. we created opportunity zones was senator tim scott. we didn't know if we could get him, but we got it passed, and i think it is probably one of the great things that we have done in this administration. tens of thousands of jobs, millions and millions of dollars being brought into areas and neighborhoods that would never,
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ofr, ever be taken care monetarily. areas that didn't have $.10 for years and decades, now people are investing and thriving and jobs have come back. we achieved the lowest black, hispanic, and asian unemployment rates in american history, and we will do it again. we will do it again. we are fighting for school choice, which really is the civil rights of all time in this country. frankly, school choice is the civil rights statement of the year, of the decade, and probably beyond. because all children have to have access to quality education. a child zip code in america should never determine their future. that's what was happening. so we're very strong on school choice, and i hope everybody remembers that. it's happening. it's already happening, but it's
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happened. we have tremendous opposition from people who know they shouldn't be opposing it. school choice. all children deserve equal opportunity, because we are all made equal by god. a great jobs market and thriving economy is probably the best thing we can do to help the black, hispanic, asian communities. we saw that just recently, prior to the virus, that came in from .hina, just a few months ago what a horrible thing it was all over the world. 188 countries now. i just want to say we've done incredibly well. we are doing well. things are happening that nobody can even believe. our country is opening up, and it's opening up rapidly. andad the best unemployment
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employment numbers. think of that. in the history of our country. up to almost 160 million people working. there was never anything even close. almost everyr group, including blacks, hispanic, asian, women, young , young peopleople without a high school diploma. every group. everybody was thrilled. everybody had, just about, high-paying jobs. our country was never in a better position and we were planning on massive roadwork. including big salary increases, which were already taking place for the last two point five years. big, big increases. record increases. nobody has seen anything like it. and then we got hit by the virus . along with the rest of the
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world, and now i'm building it up again. here we go again. but i'm building it up again, and it's moving fast, and it will be even better than before. jobs are rapidly coming back. and retail sales that were just announced two hours ago, just a little while ago, there up a staggering 17.7%. amazing. the projection was anywhere from 6%-8%. we are up 17.7%. and what does that mean? the stock market went through the roof. these good numbers, they drove it up to a level, almost at the same level, hard to believe, we are getting close to the level we were before the pandemic, and before all of the things that you've seen happen happened.
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it's a great thing, because ultimately, it's about jobs. the government can never do anything like a great job for a person, where they look forward to getting up in the morning and going to work and getting a much bigger check than they could ever get otherwise. today and over the last 60 days, we've had one of the biggest stock market increases in the history of the stock markets. ago, the 50 day increase was the single biggest. unless my formula is tampered with, we will soon be in a stronger position than we were before the plague came in from china. when the numbers reached the point, and i know they will, there will again be a great unity and a great spirit in our country. people will have their job back that they might have lost. they will be making even more money than they did before.
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we have some brilliant people working with me who put it together. we did it once and we are very easily doing it again. we are way ahead of schedule. you will see that. you will see the third quarter numbers will be very good. the fourth quarter will be really good. next year will be one of the best economic years this country has ever had. [applause] and it's all happening very quickly, way ahead of schedule. people can't even believe what they are looking at. on top of all of that, before the end of the year, i predict we will have a very successful cure,e, therapeutic and we are making tremendous progress. i deal with these incredible scientists, doctors, very, very closely. i have great respect for their minds. and they have come up with
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things, and they've come up with many other cures and therapies over the years. these are the people come the best, smartest, the most brilliant anywhere. and they've come up with the aids vaccine. as you know, there's various things that now various companies are involved with the therapeutic for aids. aids was a death sentence and now people live a life with appeal, it's an incredible thing. the ebola vaccine and others. these are the people that have done it. or these are the people that have been around it. it's incredible thing, all of these brilliant firms, companies are competing, and i will tell you, we are very far advanced. we've already started tests and trials. so i think were going to have a very, very good answer to that
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very, very soon. i always say, even without it, it goes away, but if we had the vaccine, and we will, if we have therapeutics or a cure, one thing sort of blends into the other. it will be a fantastic day, and i think that's going to happen, and it's going to happen very soon. americans can achieve anything when we work together as one national family. to go forward, we must seek cooperation, not confrontation. we must build upon our heritage, not tear it down, and we must cherish the principles of america's founding, as we strive beautiful,a safe, elegant justice, and liberty for all. i'd like now to invite great ,riends from law enforcement the officers representing their
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groups to come up as i sign a very important executive order. we are asking mitch and tim and all of the people that are here from congress to go back and see if they can get something done. louis and jim jordan, representatives from congress and the senate, if they can go back and add to what we are signing today, it will be a big moment. this is a tremendous step. this is a step that could have been taken years ago, but people chose not to do that. that was, in my opinion, a big mistake. could have solved a lot of the problems that we have now. so if i could have law enforcement come forward. please come up. we've had the endorsement of the federal law enforcement officers association. ,he fraternal order of police international association of
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chiefs of police. international union of police associations, major county sheriff's of america's association, national association of police organizations, national district attorneys association, national sergeant'ssociation, benevolent association, and many others. they've worked with me and my team and it's been fantastic. i want to thank my team. we take very much into mind what they are saying because these are the people that keep us safe , and they've done an incredible job. thank you all very much. [applause]
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[applause] thank you very much. thank you very much, everybody. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2020] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit]
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