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As Black Lives Matter #BLM protests shook the US in the wake of George Floyd's murder at the hands of police in Minneapolis in May 2020, the issue of police reform surged to the top of the political agenda. Policing will be a central debate in the upcoming US Election. Who has the better approach?

Donald Trump has the better approach to Policing Show more Show less

Donald Trump vehemently rejects calls to defund or dismantle the police, and describes himself as a Law and Order president. He has also enacted some reforms seeking to improve police accountability.
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Trump is tough on criminals. “When you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head...?. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?”
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The Argument

Donald Trump views the lack of police force to halt protests that have turned violent in American cities as a willful surrender on the part of governors and mayors. He views this lack of action as weakness and has very publically voiced his opposition to this inaction on the part of local government, encouraging them directly to react forcefully against looting and destruction of property.[1] His encouragement has included calls for tracking, arresting, and imprisoning protestors for up to 10 years.[2]Trump believes that anyone, police or civilian, who takes a strong, demonstrated stance against those involved in current protests are doing their part to help bring law and order back to the country.[3] His stance on quelling protests comes from a desire for peace across the country, and he has the support of many American citizens on this topic. [4]

Counter arguments

Donald Trump assumes all protestors are causing violence, despite evidence to the contrary.[5] Not only is this rhetoric hostile towards law-abiding citizens exercising their constitutional right to peaceful assembly,[6] but it is also highly destructive towards country unity as it appears to encourage police brutality against peaceful protestors which is precisely the reason why people are protesting to begin with.

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References

  1. https://www.salon.com/2020/08/31/trumps-signal-to-his-followers-is-clear-violence-and-chaos-are-my-only-hope/
  2. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-unloads-on-governors-over-protest-response-tells-them-most-of-you-are-weak
  3. https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/08/27/heilemann-trump-encourages-the-violence-of-domestic-terrorist-kenosha-shooter/
  4. https://news.yahoo.com/trump-supporters-stage-motorcade-near-225854332.html
  5. https://time.com/5886348/report-peaceful-protests/
  6. https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2020/06/03/troops-should-not-be-used-as-law-enforcement-against-protestors-secdef-says/

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