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Tue Aug 1, 2017, 08:17 PM

Acting DEA administrator says Trump 'condoned police misconduct' in remarks about handling suspects

Source: Washington Post

Acting DEA administrator says Trump ‘condoned police misconduct’ in remarks about handling suspects

By Matt Zapotosky and Mark Berman August 1 at 5:30 PM

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration said in an email to staff members over the weekend that President Trump had “condoned police misconduct” in remarking to officers in Long Island that they need not protect suspects’ heads when loading them into police vehicles.

Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg wrote that he felt obligated to respond to the president’s comments “because we have an obligation to speak out when something is wrong.” He cited the agency’s core values — among them integrity, accountability and respect and compassion.

“This is how we conduct ourselves. This is how we treat those whom we encounter in our work: victims, witnesses, subjects, and defendants. This is who we are,” Rosenberg wrote.

The email, sent Saturday, was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The Washington Post also obtained a copy.

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