Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump delcared before a Thursday night meeting of the New England Police Benevolent Association in Milford, N.H. that he will issue an executive order mandating the death penalty for anyone convicted of murdering a law enforcement official.
After saying in his opening remarks that police “have a hard time, a lot of people killed,” Trump explained what he would do for law enforcement if he was elected president.
“One of the first things I’d do in terms of executive order if I win would be to sign a strong, strong statement that will go out to the country, out to the world, that anybody caught killing a policeman, policewoman, police officer — anybody killing a police officer: death penalty,” Trump said to loud applause. “It’s gonna happen. OK? We can’t let this go.”
At the same event, the New England police union announced that it was endorsing the billionaire for president.
Trump has long been a supporter of the death penalty and took out a full-page ad in most of the major New York papers in 1989 calling for the return of the fatal punishment in response to rising crime and a high-profile Central Park rape.
Last week, the GOP front-runner indicated in a speech given at a Virginia rally that if elected president, he would be issuing several executive orders in his first 100 days in office. (RELATED: Trump Suggests He’ll Use Executive Orders To ‘Unsign’ Obama’s Agenda)