While addressing the distrust much of Black America holds for law enforcement, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that “we have to give power back to the police because crime is rampant,” in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday’s broadcast of “Meet the Press.”
TODD: I want to ask you about #BlackLivesMatter — the latest shooting of a white police officer shooting an unarmed black man — do you see this as a crisis in America?
TRUMP: It’s a massive crisis. It’s a double-crisis, that’s what’s happening. And I look at things, I see things on television, horrible mistakes are made, but at the same time we have to give power back to the police because crime is rampant. I’m a big person that believes in very big — you know, we need police, and we need protection. Look at some of the cities. You look at Baltimore. You look at so many different places in this country. Chicago, so many places in Chicago. We need strong police protection, and those police can do the job, but they’re jobs are being taken away from them. At the same time, you’ve got these other problems no question about it… There is turmoil in our country.
TODD: Can you understand why African-Americans don’t trust the police right now?
TRUMP: Well, I can certainly see what’s going on, but at the same time we have to give power back to the police because we have to have law and order… We have to give strength and power back to the police. There’s going to be mistakes bad, and you’re always going to have bad apples, but you can’t let that stop the fact that the police have to regain some control over this crime wave.