ORLANDO, Fla. — President Donald Trump on Monday renewed his call for those convicted of killing police officers to be put to death.
Speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Convention in Orlando, Trump said the war on police that has raged on for the past several years must come to an end.
“Reducing crime begins with respecting law enforcement,” Trump said. “We believe that criminals who kill our police officers should immediately, with trial, but rapidly as possible, not 15 years later, 20 years later—get the death penalty.”
According to statistics, 43 police officers have been fatally shot this year alone, approaching the 2017 total of 45 gunfire-related deaths.
In his speech, the president also addressed the ongoing issue of gun violence in Chicago and said he’s sending Attorney General Jeff Sessions “immediately” to address the “shooting wave” in the city.
“The crime spree [in Chicago] is a terrible blight on that city, and we’ll do everything possible to get it done,” Trump said. “Law enforcement people in Chicago … they would solve the problem if they were simply allowed to do their job and do their job properly.”
The president then called out Democrat politicians and anti-police groups who he said often attempt to restrain police officers from doing their jobs.
“We strongly oppose efforts from politicians who try to shackle local law enforcement. Let’s see whether Chicago accepts help. They need it,” he said. “We’ll straighten it out fast. They want to straighten it out. … Sometimes I think maybe it is possible that they don’t.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, 2,346 people have been shot in the city this year alone.