Trump Signs Executive Orders to Stop Violence Against Police, Declares "A New Era of Justice"

Photo: The White House via wvtm13.com

Photo: The White House via wvtm13.com

President Donald Trump on Thursday morning signed three executive orders meant to bolster support for the law enforcement community, reduce crime, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations.

In the president's executive order titled "Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers," the president stated that is shall be the policy of the executive to:

(a) enforce all Federal laws in order to enhance the protection and safety of Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers, and thereby all Americans;

(b) develop strategies, in a process led by the Department of Justice (Department) and within the boundaries of the Constitution and existing Federal laws, to further enhance the protection and safety of Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers; and

(c) pursue appropriate legislation, consistent with the Constitution’s regime of limited and enumerated Federal powers, that will define new Federal crimes, and increase penalties for existing Federal crimes, in order to prevent violence against Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers.

Further, the order directs newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to "develop a strategy for the Department's use of existing Federal laws to prosecute individuals who commit or attempt to commit crimes of violence against Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers."

The orders were signed after the swearing in of new Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In comments made during the swearing in ceremony, President Trump declared that a "new era of justice begins and it begins right now."

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