SEVERE WX : Flood Warning View Alerts

Trump blasts 'evil' Kavanaugh opposition

While addressing the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Convention, President Donald Trump slammed "false charges" and "false accusations" made against now-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during the confirmation process.

Posted: Oct 9, 2018 8:47 AM
Updated: Oct 9, 2018 9:04 AM

President Donald Trump addressed the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Convention in Orlando Monday afternoon, voicing support for "stop and frisk" policies and touting the success of his Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump said during his remarks that he has urged the city of Chicago to "strongly consider stop and frisk."

"It works and was meant for problems like Chicago," he said.

"And Rudy Giuliani, when he was mayor of New York City, had a very strong program of stop and frisk and it went from an unacceptably dangerous city to one of the safest cities in the country and, I think, the safest big city in the country. So it works. Gotta be properly applied, but stop and frisk works," he added.

The association represents some 30,000 members of law enforcement within 150 countries.

Trump in his speech blamed "evil" people for putting Kavanaugh in a "disgraceful situation" during his confirmation process, referencing the allegations of sexual assault the incoming Supreme Court justice faced.

"He's a great person and it was very, very unfair what happened to him. False charges, false accusations, horrible statements that were totally untrue that he knew nothing about," Trump said.

The President lauded Kavanaugh before the law enforcement group, saying he "will be a faithful defender of the rule of law."

Trump also announced an additional $42.4 million dollars in grants toward the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, which is administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

"This grant program will go to funding more than 50 innovative projects targeting the greatest drug threats facing the United States," Trump said.

The President also reiterated his call for the death penalty against individuals convicted of killing law enforcement officials.

"We believe that criminals who kill our police officers should immediately with trial, as rapidly as possible, not 15 years later, 20 years later, get the death penalty," he said.

Trump's address to the law enforcement convention was met with applause and cheers, but last year, when Trump signaled permissiveness toward police roughing up suspects, the organization pushed back.

Trump told a group of law enforcement officers: "When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, and I said, 'Please don't be too nice.'"

"Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don't hit their head, and they've just killed somebody ... Don't hit their head, I said, 'You can take the hand away, OK?' " he added.

The group responded Trump's remarks with a statement, saying that "managing use of force is one of the most difficult challenges faced by law enforcement agencies."

"Law enforcement officers are trained to treat all individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect, or defendant, with dignity and respect," the statement said. "This is the bedrock principle behind the concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy."

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also attended the President's speech in Florida. Rosenstein spoke with the President for about 45 minutes aboard Air Force One en route to the convention, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said.

White House chief of staff John Kelly and Ed O'Callaghan, the acting principal associate deputy attorney general, were also in attendance.

Trump thanked Rosenstein during his speech.

"Thank you as well to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for being here," Trump said. "The press wants to know 'What did you talk about?' We had a very good talk. That became a very big story, actually. We had a good talk."

Boarding Marine One Monday morning, the President told members of the press that he and Rosenstein will be "talking on the plane" and noted that they "actually have a very good relationship."

"I didn't know Rod before, but I got to know him and I get along very well with him," Trump said.

The President told reporters on Monday that he has no plans to fire Rosenstein.

"No, I don't. No," Trump said when asked.

Late last month, it was reported that Rosenstein suggested secretly recording the President and discussed recruiting Cabinet members to remove Trump from office. Rosenstein said he never pursued recording the President and denied any suggestion he advocated for Trump's removal.

Trump said last week that he didn't want to meet with Rosenstein to discuss the issue until Kavanaugh was confirmed.

Lafayette
Clear
26° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 26°
Kokomo
Clear
25° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 19°
Rensselaer
Clear
23° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 23°
Lafayette
Clear
27° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 27°
Danville
Clear
25° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 25°
Frankfort
Clear
23° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 17°
Frankfort
Partly Cloudy
23° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 17°
Monticello
Partly Cloudy
21° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 21°
Monticello
Clear
21° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 21°
Logansport
Clear
27° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 27°
Dry, mild conditions continue.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 665285

Reported Deaths: 12697
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion910581653
Lake48637887
Allen36050641
Hamilton32231398
St. Joseph30243514
Elkhart25484420
Vanderburgh21315382
Tippecanoe20185205
Johnson16425361
Porter16053276
Hendricks15899301
Clark12032182
Madison11779321
Vigo11672231
Monroe10394164
Delaware9879179
LaPorte9821198
Howard9095199
Kosciusko8588111
Bartholomew7504147
Warrick7445153
Hancock7439134
Floyd7255172
Wayne6654192
Grant6453157
Boone611991
Morgan6118126
Dubois5933112
Dearborn550669
Cass5477100
Marshall5446105
Henry542695
Noble510978
Jackson465567
Shelby462591
Lawrence4193113
Gibson404985
Harrison402764
Clinton397053
Montgomery390584
DeKalb387178
Knox357885
Miami357863
Whitley350638
Huntington348377
Steuben339855
Wabash333076
Putnam331960
Ripley327862
Adams325149
Jasper318443
White298052
Jefferson295974
Daviess285696
Fayette272656
Decatur271388
Greene262280
Posey261432
Wells258975
Scott251450
LaGrange242170
Clay241444
Randolph225877
Spencer219330
Jennings216344
Washington213027
Sullivan203639
Fountain202542
Starke189251
Owen183453
Fulton179637
Jay178528
Carroll176919
Perry173836
Orange171351
Rush165422
Vermillion161542
Franklin159735
Tipton149241
Parke140116
Pike128433
Blackford120627
Pulaski107544
Newton96732
Brown95240
Benton92413
Crawford92113
Martin80314
Warren75914
Switzerland7558
Union67510
Ohio54111
Unassigned0434

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events