Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order to make the death penalty mandatory for anyone convicted of killing a police officer. Video below.
The business mogul made the vow while accepting an endorsement from the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA) on Dec. 10. The police union represents over 4,000 law enforcement officials.
Trump referred to their endorsement as a “lifetime improvement award” and proceeded to lavish praise on U.S. police officers.
“Police forces throughout the country have had a hard time,” Trump said, according to the Huffington Post. “A lot of people killed.”
NEPBA executive director, Jerry Flynn, has been deeply critical of the Obama administration, even going so far as to urge his fellow officers to boycott the president during Boston Labor Day during September 2015, according to The Hill.
“We’re talking about an epidemic and the president of the U.S. has blood on his hands,” Flynn said.
Before the NEPBA voted to endorse Trump, Flynn made it clear that he was pleased with the business mogul’s uncompromising support of law enforcement, according to the Huffington Post.
“Listen, your message is very clear,” Flynn said. “What is the next president of the U.S. going to do to unite this country in an effort to save police officers? Because it’s open season on police officers. At this point, those of us who are supportive of any party have to look at what is the best interest of our members.”
Trump accepted the union’s endorsement with a promise that he would make the killing of a police officer a death sentence.
The business mogul:
I said that one of the first things I'd do in terms of executive order if I win will be sign a strong, strong statement that will go out to the country, out to the world, that anybody killing policemen, policewomen, police officer, anybody killing a police officer, death penalty is going to happen, OK.
Trump’s declaration was met with applause. He did not elaborate on how his hypothetical executive order could be implemented nationwide while some states have banned the death penalty altogether.
Meanwhile, 200 protesters had gathered outside of the event, protesting the candidate’s call to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., CNN reports.