President Trump’s executive order seeking federal penalties for crimes against police officers is being praised by Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who believes the edict will help lower crime and improve police morale, reports the Detroit News. Some have been critical of the order, saying it creates new penalties that could lead to over-charging suspects. One local organization lambasted Trump’s order, along with Craig’s support for it, saying it doesn’t reflect Detroiters’ attitudes. The executive order, which Trump signed Thursday, directs the Department of Justice to “pursue appropriate legislation … that will define new Federal crimes, and increase penalties for existing Federal crimes, in order to prevent violence against … law enforcement officers.”
“This is a step in the right direction,” said Craig, who last week attended a meeting of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, in which Trump expressed support for police officers. “I think this will improve morale among police officers, which will help drive down crime,” Craig said. “In a lot of cities, the police have not felt supported, and I think many chiefs and sheriffs came away from the meeting feeling like this president supported them.” Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality President Kenneth Reed said he was disappointed to hear Craig praise Trump’s policies.