Trump Predicts More Violence, Protests Against the Police

The number of public demonstrations criticizing white police officers for killing African-Americans is certain to increase, according to Donald Trump.

He said Monday that because the divide between minority communities and law enforcement is “far worse” than most people think, the recent protests “might be just the beginning for this summer.”

In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump repeated his claim to be “the law-and-order candidate” in this year’s presidential election. The presumptive Republican nominee called for better training of police officers.

“It’s time for our hostility against our police, and against all members of law enforcement, to end, and end immediately, right now,” Trump declared, adding that he was saddened by the “tragic deaths in Louisiana and Minnesota.” He was referring to African-Americans Alton Sterling of Louisiana and Philando Castile of Minnesota, who died at the hands of local police last week. Trump called videos of the shootings “horrible, horrible to witness, whether that’s a lack of training or whatever.”

The candidate acknowledged there is “a lot of work” to do to ensure that all Americans believe officers treat them fairly. “Our country is losing its spirit,” he said. “African-Americans are absolutely losing their spirit.” Trump argued that creating jobs “can solve so many problems, and we’re going to open our country up and we’re going to be a huge jobs producer again instead of having terrible jobs.”

Source: AP
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