Trump also spoke dismissively of the practice by which arresting officers shield the heads of handcuffed suspects as they are placed in police cars. "I said, 'Please don't bee too nice'".
'Like when you guys put somebody in the vehicle and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?' the president continued, mimicking the gesture.
One day after President Donald Trump drew cheers and applause from a crowd of police officers by urging them not to be "too nice" to suspected criminals, the commissioner of the New York Police Department denounced Trump's comments as sending "the wrong message".
The police in Suffolk County in NY, where Mr. Trump made the speech, is under scrutiny by the federal justice department for its prolonged violent behaviour and racial prejudice.
'As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up prisoners'.
Eric Kowalczyk, who served as the Baltimore Police Department's spokesman during the unrest that followed Gray's death, called the president's comments "very disturbing" and said they only further damage tenuous relationships between police departments and minority communities across the country.
Gainesville policeman Ben Tobias echoed this sentiment in a separate tweet.
He told the room of law enforcement officers that "laws are stacked against you" and need to be changed.
While the rejection of Trump's endorsement of police brutality is commendable, the fact remains that the police cheered when Trump praised police brutality. "We will continue to enhance community partnerships and always work to strengthen our commitment to overall public safety".
Police Department has forcefully rejected President Donald Trump's remarks that apparently advocated rough treatment of people in police custody, going as far as to say he "endorsed and condoned police brutality".