President Trump lamented what he called the spread of a “dangerous anti-police prejudice” in the U.S. during an event to honor fallen and injured law enforcement officials on Tuesday, reports Politico. Speaking at the 37th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, an event to recognize those killed in the line of duty, the president vowed his administration would work to protect law enforcement officers. Trump cited his efforts to boost border security measures and tighten federal immigration restrictions as ways to curb violence against both U.S. citizens and law enforcement officials. “The first duty of government is to protect our citizens,” Trump said. “That is why we are calling on Congress to secure our borders, support our border agents, stop sanctuary cities, and shut down policies that release violent criminals back into our communities.”
The president also cited what he described as a growing “prejudice” against police officers. “If we want to bring down violent crime, then we must stand up for our police,” the president said. “We must confront and condemn dangerous anti-police prejudice.” The president honored and addressed the families of several fallen officers, including border patrol agent Rogelio Martinez, who died in November in Texas near the Mexico border, and Bronx officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot in a police vehicle on July 4. Trump reiterated his stance that those convicted of killing officers ought to face the death penalty. “We believe criminals who kill our police should get the death penalty,” Trump said. “Bring it forth.” Duiring the presidential campaign, Trump said he would sign an executive order mandating capital punishment for convicted cop killers. He has yet to issue it.