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Musician Chris Brown has spoken out after President Donald Trump's comments encouraging police officers to not be "too nice" to suspects in custody.

Brown's reaction came on Instagram, where he said that Trump's remarks to police were "crazy," according to Daily Mail.

"What in the actual f***? He giving police more right to f*** up young black men," wrote the singer in his Instagram post. "S*** is crazy! This is not how you make peace or any kind of help. Please wake up people!"

In 2009, Brown was sentenced for probation and community service for beating former girlfriend Rihanna, according to Billboard.

During Trump's speech, he spoke about the MS-13 gang and immigration, saying that the initial spending for a Mexico border wall, which he had promised during the campaign, had just been approved by the House, according to The New York Times.

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Trump also talked about how he wanted to allow police officers to be rougher with suspects that they're arresting, tying his comments back to the dangers of MS-13 and requesting that Congress provide funding for additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The president said that the U.S. "can eliminate MS-13 and root out the criminal cartels from our country" with the additional ICE agents.

Trump made his comments at the Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, New York, near the sites of several killings reportedly carried out by MS-13 members.

"Now, we're getting them out anyway, but we’d like to get them out a lot faster," said the president. "And when you see these towns, and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough -- I said, 'Please don't be too nice.'"

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"Like, when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put your hand over" the suspect's head, Trump said. "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, O.K.?'"

"One by one, we’re liberating our American towns,” said Trump, speaking on efforts to remove illegal immigrants from the country. "Can you believe that I'm saying that? I'm talking about liberating our towns. Like you’d see in a movie."

"They're liberating the town. Like in the old Wild West, right? We're liberating our towns. I never thought I’d be standing up here talking about liberating towns on Long Island where I grew up," Trump added. "But that’s what you're doing."

Some police organizations spoke out against Trump's statements.

"The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners," read a statement tweeted by the Suffolk County Police Department. "Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously. As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners."

Steve Soboroff, a civilian commissioner who oversees the Los Angeles Police Department, also denounced Trump's remarks.

"What the president recommended would be out of policy in the LAPD," said Soboroff. "It's not what policing it about today."

New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison said that the president's comments "stand in stark contrast to our department’s commitment to constitutional policing and community engagement."

Sources: Daily Mail, The New York Times (2), Billboard / Photo Credit: Eva Rinaldi/Flickr (2), Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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