President Donald Trump spoke this Tuesday at the 37th Annual National Peace Officer’s Memorial Service and suggested a new punishment for convicted cop killers.
At the memorial service, Trump called for an immediate end to “the attacks on our police. We must end them right now.”
“Criminals who kill our police should get the death penalty,” he continued. “Bring it forth.”
Trump implored the Justice Department “to do anything within their power to defend the lives of American law enforcement. Enough is enough”
According to the FBI, from 2008 to 2017 a total of 496 police officers were killed in the line of duty.
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump vowed to sign an executive order that would force convicted cop killers to be put to death.
Trump’s call for the harshest punishment possible has an uphill climb if it ever were to become a reality as the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory death penalties are unconstitutional in 1987.
Speaking to the children of fallen officers, Trump said, ”I want you to know that your moms and dads were among the bravest Americans to ever live. When danger came, when darkness fell, when destruction loomed, they did not flinch. They did not falter.”
“They stared down danger, raced down alleys, chased down criminals, kicked down doors, and faced down evil. Brave. And they did it all with courage, with dignity, with pride, with love for their nation and with love for their families,” he continued.
“They lived every day of their lives by that most sacred calling, to serve and protect. Their immortal legacy lives on in each and every one of you, their strength lives in your soul, their courage glows in your heart and their blood flows in your veins and today every American heart bleeds blue. That’s for sure,” he concluded.
“I know that we will make America safe again,” said Vice President Mike Pence, who spoke before Trump.