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The President Just Endorsed 'Rough Rides'

Donald Trump evoked the tactic on Friday that led to Freddie Gray's death.
President Donald Trump addresses law enforcement in Long Island on July 28.
President Donald Trump addresses law enforcement in Long Island on July 28.Evan Vucci/AP

Addressing law enforcement in New York on Friday, President Donald Trump gave police officers nationwide a green light to engage in violence against suspects.

His appeal was not subtle. The president was speaking in Brentwood about the menace of MS-13, a gang with a heavy presence in Long Island. Describing the gang members as “animals,” the president suggested that law enforcement adopt more physically violent methods when apprehending suspects.