CRIME/DOJ/EXECUTIVE ORDER/POLICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I strongly oppose the radical and dangerous efforts to defund, dismantle, and dissolve our police departments, especially now when we’ve achieved the lowest recorded crime rates in recent history.

Americans know the truth: Without police, there is chaos; without law, there is anarchy; and without safety, there is catastrophe… Americans want law and order. They demand law and order. They may not say it, they may not be talking about it, but that’s what they want. Some of them don’t even know that’s what they want, but that’s what they want…

Under the executive order I’m signing today, we will prioritize federal grants from the Department of Justice to police departments that seek independent credentialing, certifying that they meet high standards and, in fact, in certain cases, the highest standard — that’s where they do the best — on the use of force and de-escalation training… As part of this new credentialing process, chokeholds will be banned, except if an officer’s life is at risk.”

-Donald Trump, “Remarks by President Trump at Signing of an Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities,” whitehouse.gov, June 16, 2020