Trump, AG Barr participates in roundtable with law enforcement
Want, look how fast you took that off. Well thank you very much everybody, for being here we. Took a, really incredible. Tour, and, law enforcement, has just done. Such a great job working with the national, guard and. Working with a lot of people but we're here to show our support. For, kenosha, and wisconsin, the state of wisconsin, has been very good to me. I love the people we've done a lot for the state and we will continue to do a lot for the state. We're all in this together. And this was an example, of what can happen when you do it right. I'm pleased to be joined today, by, attorney general bill barr who's doing a really a fantastic. Job and, bill thank you very much for being here. Secretary, chad wolf. Chad. Chad. Thank you, ron johnson, senator, ron johnson, who's uh. Outstanding, i have to tell you so respected, within. The beautiful, halls, of, congress. And. I appreciate the great job you do ron i hope the people. Of wisconsin, appreciate, how good a senator is do they have any idea do they know how good he is i think they do. You're never going to get. Not elected, run, or i'll be very unhappy. One of the best and also a young congressman, that's been a warrior, true warrior he's been. A fighter not only for. Some other very good causes, but for this cause because he was the first one to call me and say we have a problem. And brian i want to thank you brian style, congressman. And, you have your first re-election, and i think you're going to win it big, i hope you do you deserve to. Also. My former, chief of staff where's reince, reince, where is my reins, reince priebus. Which shows that i definitely, like, this state because you are. A very proud. Citizen, of, right here you're still here you never left did you, you never would leave you've done a great job thank you very much ryan. Kenosha, has been ravaged, by anti-police. And anti-i'm. Riots. They have been, hit so hard and. We were able to. Get involved. David beth and. Daniel. Miskinus. Who i've been watching a lot. On television, now today i got to know them both, very well and they have done an incredible, job and you're going to say a few words in. A couple of minutes and we would appreciate, it. Also, zach, rodriguez, supervisor. Kenosha, county, zach. Thank you very much jack good job. You had a rough uh three days but then it got. Well brought into uh. Back in where you wanted it just where you wanted it, the, aaron decker, supervisor. For kenosha. Aaron. Thank you erin good job thank you very much. Don kapla, president of wisconsin. Fraternal, order of police. Don thank you very much. Jerry johnson. National, trustee of the wisconsin. Fraternal. Order of police. Jerry thank you. People have done a fantastic, job really you have to be proud of them, james, and sharon. Ward. Pastors, where is uh. Well it was great speaking to you yesterday. And uh. You're really a very respected, man and i really enjoyed our conversation. Thank you both very much for being here, appreciate, it. We also have uh. Major, general paul knapp. Who, is around here someplace, but he was really right on the. Right on the thank you very much paul, thank you, he's been fantastic. Paul and scott and linda carpenter, owners, of b l office furniture.
Scott You're back there someplace, thank you, thank you very much. You got hit pretty hard right. You got hit p pretty hard, that's all right it's going to get rebuilt. Kimberly, warner owner of the. Authentic. Gifts. And. Report. Candle factory that's a very fancy name you have their report. That's a fancy name but i'll bet it was beautiful, is it uh are you going to rebuild. Will you be rebuilding. Um we were not, destroyed, very unfortunately. But so you'll. Be. We'll be giving you some help okay, we'll be giving you some help. John wrote the third owner of rhodes camera shop now i i was. There and that was 109. Years, and uh. You want to say a couple of a couple of words would you like to i'd say. Good john stand up please. 109. Years. 109, years. Thank you again for coming, thank you for sending the national, guard, and, again. And we're going to help you that's a very, very complete rebuild, we're talking about down there that's. Incredible. If they would have responded, to the first call it would have been uh. It would have been a little different story but they did respond. Which is better than some governors, frankly, and. Once they responded, and once we took, you know control, of it. Things went really well you just met some very talented, people outside, and uh. I think you're going to have clear sailing but we'll we're going to try giving you a hand, your insurance, company you're insured, right yes we are and so they're helping, and they're being, responsible. So far everything you'll let me know. You'll let me know you've got to let me know at the end. And ricky. Talapea. Talopaetra. That's a beauty. That's a good one, go ahead please, um, representing. Uh we have two businesses in downtown that were vandalized. We've been able to rebuild but i also represent the downtown kenosha incorporated, organization. Who's leading the rebuilding, effort for downtown and uptown. It's been it's been a struggle but our community has been really incredible, more people have come to help than we know what to do it but right now what we need is financial, support. Uh, loss of business, and loss of property, is. Staggering, at this point. All right we'll we'll be talking to you we're going to be, helping you with law enforcement, we're going to be helping you with some economic, development, get. Get it back in, shape get kenosha, back in shape and we'll get it back in i think very quickly. I really think so and we'll be helped by john morrissey, city administrator, of kenosha. John thank you very much john you have your work cut out for the next little while but you'll be fine. I think we do, you're going to be in great shape. And samantha, kirkman. State representative. District. 61.. Thank you very much congratulations. On doing a really great job, thank you so much for the resources, that you sent. Our constituents. Thank you. Thank you great job you're doing appreciate, it, and van. Wan guard. State senator district, 21. Highly respected, person actually, thank you very much. Thank you very much great job, thank you so much for your rapid response, and the fact that. That. You're coming to a small, city, in the united states and, just saying that that's as important as every other city. And the fact that we did get things under control. Uh this guard has been phenomenal, our law enforcement, people have been working together. We usually work pretty well together in southeastern, wisconsin, yeah but this really helps and, reince has a lot to do with that too you can tell because. So thank you so much, you're in our prayer thank you and you your reputation's. A great one so thank you very much and also, this, this area is a special area we can't let that happen to this area so we got here quickly.
And Uh. Did the job violent, mobs demolished, or damaged, at least 25. Businesses. Burned down public buildings, and threw bricks. At police officers which your police officers won't stand for. And they didn't stand for it. These are not acts of peaceful protest, but really domestic, terror. My administration. Coordinated, with the state and local authorities, to, very very swiftly, deploy the national, guard surge federal law enforcement. To kenosha, and stop the violence. And i strongly, support, the use of the national guard in other cities, and, the same thing would be happening, if we did that. You'd have the same thing happen in portland, it would happen very quickly it would all be over very very quickly. And, i just want to thank the two of you for acting so strongly and so bravely, and getting it done and the coordination, has been fantastic. You still need that coordination, no matter how many people you send in. I just came from a visit of one of the businesses, that was burned down b l furniture. And the great, 109. Year old camera shop which i i really respect, because that was a. Had a reputation. Far beyond the state even. And it's terrible to see. Several other business owners, uh they're joining, us and uh we have some in the back also. To stop the political, violence we must also confront, the, radical. Ideology. That includes, this violence. Reckless. Far-left, politicians. Continue, to push. The destructive, message that our nation and our law enforcement. Are, oppressive, or racist. They'll throw out any word. That comes to him actually we must give. Far greater support to our law enforcement, it's all about giving them additional, support. These are great people, these are great great people these are brave people they're fighting. To save people that they've never met before in many cases. And they're incredible, we must. Really be. Thankful that we have them. And, we have to help them. Do their jobs we can't be threatening, them with their pensions are going to be taken away their jobs going to be taken away everything's, going to be taken away they're going to be. Living a bad life if. If they utter. An incorrect, word. You can't do it we have to have our law enforcement, we cherish our law enforcement, we wouldn't be here without our law enforcement. Even me i'm here today. I feel, so safe. And you went through hell just a few days ago. But i feel so safe. I better be safe. I better be safe but, we're all safe, and we're safe because of law enforcement.
And Uh, we honor you and, i will say this. We have to condemn. The dangerous. Anti-police. Rhetoric. It's getting, more and more it's. Very unfair. You have. Some bad apples we all know that and those will be, taken care of through the system. And, nobody's going to be easy on them either and you have people that joke, they're under tremendous, i said it yesterday i said it last night. They're under tremendous. Pressure. And they may be there for 15 years and have a spotless, record and all of a sudden they're faced with a decision. They have a quarter of a second, a quarter of a second to make a decision. And if they make a wrong decision, one way or the other they're either dead. Or they're in big trouble. And, people have to understand, that. They choke, sometimes. And it's a very tough situation. Right it's a very tough then people call them bad and horrible, and, they made a bad decision, but if you think of it, when they have and i know you practice this all the time where you give people. Uh. Literally a quarter of a second to make a decision. And a lot of them can't make that right decision, it's a very tough thing to do. The vast and overwhelming, majority, of police officers, are honorable, courageous, and devoted, public servants, they're incredible. Yet many politicians. Ignore their sacrifice. And ignore, the. African-american. Hispanic, american, victims. We have. People, there was love on the streets. I can tell you of wisconsin. When we were coming in there was love on the streets. And. So many, african-americans. Hispanic, americans, i can see waving. Pastor was so beautiful to see, they want to have. They want to have safety. They want to have safety. You look at i'm not a huge believer in polls obviously, but you look at polls with its 87. Percent. Want to have. Great police they want to have strong police they want to have safety they're the ones that are most. Affected, by, tragedies, like you'll see going around. When these allegations. Of police. Wrongdoing. And when you see that, they have made allegations. They must be fully and fairly investigated. And that's what we're doing bill barr has done a fantastic, job in that respect, and.
We Fully understand, that because you do you do have. Problems the other way but they're very few you know the sad thing is you can do ten thousand, great jobs as a, policeman. Or a policewoman. You can do an incredible, job. For years. And then you have one. Bad apple. Or, something happens, that's bad, and that's the nightly news for three weeks, that's all they talk about, they don't talk about the thousands, and thousands, of good jobs the lives that you save they never talk about. So i'm committed, to helping, kenosha, rebuild. We all are. We will provide. One million dollars to the. Kenosha, law enforcement. So that you have, some, extra. Money to go out and do what you have to do you took a rough. It was a rough, week to put it mildly, and you've done it incredibly, well, i'm also providing, nearly four million dollars to support, these small businesses, that i talked about today that got burned up burned down. And we're going to be providing, over 42, million dollars to support public safety statewide. Including direct support. For law enforcement. And funding for additional, prosecutors. To punish criminals, and resources, to provide, services. To victims, of crime that was bill barwon that that money, put in. So that's 42, million dollars that'll help with prosecutors. And. All of the other things that are so important, to you you need that because when you. When you grab them and then nothing happens and they're back on the street that doesn't work out too well. My administration. Is restoring, public safety, we're. Hiring more police surging, tough one crime federal, prosecutors. Increasing. Penalties, for assaulting, law enforcement. And for, dismantling. Antifa. It doesn't, they don't want to mention the word antifa, nobody mentions that there's a bad group of people. Very very bad very dangerous, group of people. And. We are, doing, a big number on antifa, they're bad. Earlier this year we announced, operation, legend to surge federal law enforcement, to high crime neighborhoods. It is a. Thing, that has really worked out amazingly, well bill. But it's really. Under. Sort of, really understated, in a sense we. We've already conducted, more than 1 000 arrests, in our first month in chicago, we went to chicago, very recently, obviously, that's been a disaster. Chicago. Total disaster. With again radical, left democrat, and we just have to straight it's all democrat, everything's democrat. All of these problems, are democrat, cities we don't want to say it but. It is the top ten are democrat then you go into the top 25, and take a look at that, it's the same thing. We cut the number of murders in chicago, last month in half. Still way too many but the. Operation. Legend was very very. Very successful. Now it's just really getting going but they cut it in half and just, at its very early stage. This in sharp contrast, to those who want to slash police funding oppose. Using the national, guard and want to hire radical, judges and prosecutors. Who'll release. Riders, looters, and criminals, we have that in portland. Where the prosecutors. Don't want to. Do anything you can catch somebody doing the worst, crime and they don't want to do anything. So we're very very. Upset, about that so we're not going to be cut police funding if you look at what they want to do they want to cut police funding we want to increase police funding, substantially. They want to end cash bail which has been a killer for new york. If you look at what's happening in new york they allow thousands, of people out of jail in new york and they're walking around and they're causing. Nothing but problems. Who would not know that you don't have to know anything about policing, i'm not a policeman but i would know that if you let these people out, many of them are going to cause tremendous, problems. So they want to end cash bail. Incentivize. Prison closures, they want to close the prison so that can't hold anybody. Reimagine. Public safety, end immigration, enforcement. Resume, catch and release at the border. As. Chad will tell you we've had tremendous, success on the border we're up to over 300, miles of border wall and we're having the best. Year we've ever had in the border people are coming in but they only come in legally or they for the most part they only come in, illegally the wall will be finished very shortly, it's had a. Tremendous, impact, so, and the other thing we want to. Appoint. Supreme court justices. And judges, we'll be up to almost 300, judges, by the end of the term and two supreme court justices. And, so we have a lot of things to do we have a lot of great things to do but. It's an honor to be in your neighborhood. It's an honor to be in your great state wisconsin.
And We're here for you all the way, some people thought it would be a good thing for me to come a bad thing i just wanted to come, i really came today to thank law enforcement. And to just. Really that what they what you've done has been incredible. It's been really inspiring, because you see it happening all over. And it just never seems to end. And it never seems to end because. It's almost, as though they don't want it to end. Because you ended it really fast, and. Congressman, i want to thank you for the job you did you were the first call, and i want to thank you very much brian great really great job, with that i'd like to introduce, bill barr attorney general of the united states say a few words thank you, thank you mr. President. As most of you know whenever there is an officer, involved, shooting, in our country. Uh it's reviewed, by local. Uh authorities. Uh to ensure, that it was reasonable, force, and when there are questions raised about it the federal government also the justice department. Also, reviews, it. And, like all. Procedures. And processes. In our country. We do it. Under due process. And we try to reach a dispassionate. Reasoned, decision. Based on an analysis. Of the situation. We do not. Allow judgments, to be reached. Because of mob violence. We do not have mob violence. In this country, make our decisions, over the fate of individuals. When when their actions, are challenged. And. When the shooting occurred. Uh, here in kenosha. Under the direction of the president. We. Told the dod, the defense, department, to get ready some national guard units in case they were, needed to help here. And from several states volunteered, to supply. National, guard if they were needed. And the president, directed, me to assemble. A, group of federal law enforcement, that could be dispatched, here. Which we did and staged them in chicago. And we were picking up information. That.
That. These violent, instigators. Were. Coming, to kenosha, they were coming from california. Washington, state. A lot from chicago. And they were coming up to kenosha, so we expected, matters to get worse. The violence that erupted. Shortly after the shooting, is simply. Not a legitimate, response. To a police shooting. And the looting, and the arson, were unacceptable. And as it progressed, it became more and more, distant. From the issue of racial, justice, it was violence, for violence, sake, and once again we saw the hijacking. Of a protest. By a hardcore, group of. Of radicals. Who, were carrying, out. Planning. A coordinated. Violent, attack, on law enforcement, on public property, and on private property. And that can't be tolerated. These are the the same, people. Many of them who came from out of town out of 175. Arrests. A hundred. Were from out of town. And, some. These are the same people. Using the same tactics, that have been used in various cities washington, dc. Atlanta. Chicago. Now kenosha. Portland. And, they use these black block, tactics, throwing projectiles. At police. And literally, trying to inflict, injuries, on police. Arson. And rioting. They came equipped, as. Even the mayor of washington, acknowledged, they come equipped. To fight. And. It's, completely, unacceptable. And, the state, is the first line of defense, if, if local leaders. Are committed, to keeping the public, safe. It can be done. And. While it was slow in getting off, the starting block. This is an example. That when you have the local political, leadership, backing the police. You have the state willing to put in the resources. In terms of national, guard, and the federal government, able to come up. With support, such as the fbi, the marshals, and atf, who have some special. Skills, and forensic, ability, to help. There will be peace on the streets. And there's going to be accountability. What people don't see is that in all of these cities. There are task forces, of federal and state officers, reviewing, all the video. That we can get our hands on. And when we. Are able to identify. People who committed, crimes in these riots. Going all the way back to the beginning. Whether they're burning police, cars. Or throwing rocks at people. Which are deadly. They will be prosecuted. That's a large-scale, effort and it's going to continue. So i can i can tell you mr president, that as far as the federal government is concerned. We, welcome the opportunity, to, work with state and local. To deal with this public safety, issue. Law enforcement, is used to, working together. We do a good job when we're allowed to work together. This is no different than dealing with violent crime where we work together. We can achieve, results. And. The federal government is willing to use all our tools, and all our laws to bring these people to justice. Thank you thank you very much you're doing a great job bill thank you. Senator, ron johnson, from your wonderful, state and he is one of the great senators, i can tell you that, in the u.s senate. He's one of the best. Ron police. There's no doubt what you've been talking about in terms of the decisiveness. The resolve, the surging of resources, i think 44 different counties sent.
Representatives, From different sheriff. Departments, that really helped. Stop the rioting, and and bring peace to the streets. But we have you know pastor ward and his wife and and i reached out because. I was just so appreciative, of julie jackson's, words, of forgiveness. And of healing. And so you combine. The proper role of law enforcement, the support for law enforcement. With. People. That also want to. End the violence, that, are willing to forgive, and are willing to offer those words of healing so i thought that was very powerful, i was really appreciative. Mrs ward thanks for talking to me and then. You know, pastor ward thank you thanks for calling me back. Um. That's also incredibly important is the. Here in wisconsin. A. Little bit of aside but charles krauthammer, once gave a speech here he said you always hear minnesota, nice. I say wisconsin. Even nicer. And it's true i mean we are nice people we have common sense, we all share the same goal we all want a safe. A prosperous. But secure. Kenosha. Wisconsin. America. So we really do share the same goal so as important, and it is it's so important to support, law enforcement. My message to the, folks out here is that, it's a very small, percentage, of the american population, that are that are doing the rioting that are trying to defund the police the vast majority of americans, are so appreciative. Of the service, and the sacrifice. And the help they get from law enforcement, so i'm trying, i don't want, law enforcement, be dispirited, at all because the vast majority, of americans, are for you vast majority of wisconsinites. But the same time it takes american, citizens. To, offer those words of forgiveness. And. Trying to. Attain that type of unity and healing, so, again mr president i thank you for coming here for for coming here to thank law enforcement, to support law enforcement. But also coming here just to support the citizens of kenosha. And wisconsin. As we rebuild. As as we, recover. From, something that. The vast majority, people, abhor. And do not support. Thank you very much ron appreciate, it. Congressman, please, brian style, mr president i i appreciate you being here as events spiraled, out of control. Um, people started calling me, they were scared. They were nervous, they were concerned about their safety. Their family's safety. Their home. Their place of employment. And they were looking for where to turn, it was very clear from talking to, folks, here in the city of kenosha. Local elected leaders. That we needed. Additional, resources. In the community, of kenosha. Immediately. That's ultimately why i called you, uh on tuesday. Morning. Uh and after. Only. Seven minutes, you got on the phone with me, you said brian. I'm there for the people of kenosha. And the people of kenosha. Everyone that called me. Wanted. Public, safety. Here. In this community. And they wanted it immediately. They didn't care if the help was democrat, republican or from the man on the moon. But what you did. Is made the call and said enough's enough. We need to get resources. Into the community of kenosha, and ultimately, when that offer was accepted. I think it became very clear to the criminal, element. That, they knew. That kenosha, meant business. We made some significant, arrests, in conjunction with local law enforcement, working very well, with the federal government. Hand in glove when i talked to folks. In law enforcement, here in kenosha. And when the federal government, works, hand in hand with the state and with local government. You can get a lot done, and i think it speaks volumes. About the people. Here. In the community, of kenosha, this is a hard-working. Family loving town, that wants, safety in their community. And one more piece is i've had the opportunity, to talk to a lot of the men and women in law enforcement. Those on the front lines. I spoke, to a gentleman, that had. A brick, thrown at him. I've spoken to law enforcement, officers, who had horrific, words said about them, and these men and women are members of our community. That wake up, every day. Put the badge over their heart. Walk out the door. Sworn to answer the call. To protect. Our community. And i think you coming and saying thank you to those men and women in law enforcement.
Speaks Volumes. And today we have public safety restored. We appreciate, all the work you did on that, and now we begin the work, of healing. And rebuilding, kenosha. To make kenosha. Stronger, than it's ever, been before, we thank you very much for being here thank you brian great job. David beth, sheriff, please. Mr president thank you so much for being here, um. When this started sunday night, we knew it was going to get worse, but we really didn't know how bad, and there is no way. That. One or in our case two agencies, can work together, to. Fight. What, happened. When we put out the call, initially, to the state and local law enforcement, here. It was a tremendous, response, but it still wasn't enough on monday night, the national guard started coming on monday night and started helping us and their numbers kept growing, and we called brian, on tuesday, morning early the the leaders of kenosha. And we said. We'll take, help from whoever, will send it our way, will we want to protect the people of kenosha. The city of kenosha, the county of kenosha we want to protect it and brian said i'm going to make a phone call, and a short time later. We knew that the resources, of the of the united states of the federal government and of the president. Were on its way. We we knew that it took a little a little uh. Discussion. Between, state, and federal levels. And but we're very thankful, that. It worked out because as i said i didn't care who i got help from i wanted resources, here. And, after, it was approved. Uh, and and. I got the word that the president said whatever, you need, it's coming. And i had some of uh, some very. Very. Important people from washington. Tell me. The president, i have to report to the president mr barr and tell them what does the sheriff want. And, and the resources. Just kept coming, the people kept coming. The, uh the gratitude. Kept coming, for. And i heard stories and i probably shouldn't share this but some people that were in portland. That weren't treated as good as they were treated here, and they said. We can't believe. What a different. Place this is because, of how we all worked, together. Rather than, not wanting to work together at all, so. Thank you for being the president that likes law enforcement on behalf of law enforcement, i'm telling you. The group that's here. I hope you could feel the love that they have for you and everybody who came and and uh. It's quite an operation, to. Watch. To be part of. In truth my life my life i never thought i would see anything like this. And hopefully i never have to see this again. But uh, the resources. That. That uh, in this case the federal government and you provided, and and mr barr, and, and mr johnson, and the people here.
It's. Unbelievable. What we have here right now, and. It's all to protect the people of kenosha, and. And. I still, i'll take any help i can get and i thank you for it thank you sheriff i'll tell you you've done a great job and, you know just if they're watching. Portland, or chicago. Or. New york, or any one of, other. Cities that we're talking about. But portland, probably. Would be so easy. Maybe that would be the first one because i see it every night it's on the news it's burning. They're always. Playing games and i don't know then he gets up and says we're trying to work together, and, the whole thing is great then they want to burn down his house last night the mayor, but we're ready willing and able. To send in. You know a massive, group of people that are really highly trained you saw that, they're here your experience, right, and we could solve that problem in less than an hour in portland so i hope they call eventually, they'll call, and at some point bill would just have to do it ourselves we're gonna have to do, something that's uh. Uh. That i think the people will be extremely happy with. Maybe the mayor won't and maybe the governor won't but i don't know if they know what they're doing i just so sad to watch it happen. But here you acted, uh. And acted appropriately. Please daniel go ahead. Mr president first of all thank you for the support, thank you for coming to, what is uh small town america. Kenosha's, 100 000 people, by, national standards, we're still small. But what you also have here is a reaction, to was an attack on small town america. The tactics that are being used across this nation. To, attack law enforcement. Are. Warfare, type tactics. And we still use restraint. And function within our rules. So those two together. There's not a there's not a tit for attack, those aren't equal, so with the ability of the national guard to come out and assist us, with the tremendous, outpouring, of support, from the federal assets, from every department, that has come out, we will. Excuse me we were able to, restore. Peace and we're working toward. Order. And and healing and growth, and, as part of what is going on in the world. Police scrutiny, is not a bad. Thing. Police. Or attacks on the police. And the things that are happening that lead to riots. That's not about police scrutiny, that's not about, anything else those are those are legitimate, attacks so. What worked for us, was, we certainly had a unified command we had a unified, mission. That normally, takes some time to build. But instantly, between myself and the sheriff and the local leaders the city administration. County. We pulled together, we worked with the city we worked with state we worked with officers. From southeast of here and there's not a lot, southeast, of wisconsin or kenosha. To the northwest corner of the state we have people from two steps away from canada. Sending officers, down here, so the response here in the law enforcement, community. Was tremendous. And everybody i talked to, was here to help. Restore peace and order for the good people of kenosha. And thank you for helping us thank you daniel great job you did thank you and you two worked together beautifully, it's really good, really good job. Uh, please chad. Well thank you mr president, uh, americans. Need and deserve, both law enforcement, and public safety regardless, of where they live. Regardless, of their politics.
The Decrease in violence that we've seen here in kenosha, over the last several days. Is really just a prime example of how federal state and local, law enforcement, can work together. It's really a model. That we can replicate, elsewhere, portland, and other cities across the country. And this administration, mr president you've been very clear, if cities need help they need assistance. If they need resources, and capabilities. Beyond. Their reach. All they have to do is call law enforcement, the federal government, and we will be there. Dhs. Partners, not only with the department of justice but with local communities, every day to protect. The citizens of those communities we're providing law enforcement, here in kenosha, some assistance. Until. You're able to rebuild, and get back on your feet so, um. Certainly want to uh, extend our appreciation, for what you do. And let me just say. The attacks on law enforcement, recently. Have been very vocal about that. Are very disgusting. We need to thank our men and women of law enforcement, they put on a badge, in a uniform, every day they're attacked every day for simply wearing that uniform and doing their job so. Again on behalf of the 240. 000 men and women of the department. I want to say thank you to the local law enforcement for doing your job. And protecting, your communities. Thank you, really nice thank you. Pastors. Would you like to say a prayer. Yes sir, i'd love to have that, because you are. So highly thought of in the area so please. James sharon, sure you, pray, please. Father we come to you in the name of our lord jesus christ and we thank you, for this time that you've divinely. Ordained. Father we ask you to forgive us all where we've strayed from your ways, and. Well we've, not acknowledged, your word, we ask that you would. Continue, to cause this nation. To be one nation, under god. That you alone, are the one who can make us individual. Indivisible. And by being indivisible, there will be liberty, and justice for all. We simply pray that you would bring our nation back, to you. That, your word would be dominant. That you would cause us, uh to walk in love to live in love restore, empathy, and compassion. Kindness. Concern, for each other. Lord i pray for our president. As your word says that you would strengthen him and continue to give him the wisdom. And the heart to lead during this time as well as as all the leaders that are here. We give ourselves to you and we ask you for your good hand to be upon us, in the name of jesus our lord we pray, amen. Amen, thank you very much aaron would you like to say something. I i would um. I think, i'm here first of all representing. Intercessors. And people that are praying just really i think. We need to mobilize. People of prayer. To pray for this country. And also i think it's important to have. Black people at the table. Um to to help. You know, solve the problem, and also. Um. I think james and i are, our prayers that we're able to. Work, to really, bring about. A change, i think, there's a lot of great change that's been mentioned here. Of how law enforcement, has, quickly, solved the problem, of, the crime in the street but i think there's. I think this is a good opportunity, for us to really solve the problem, the nation. And. I think james and i could help with that, it's really well put yes james and mr president. If i may add. Being the only pastors in the room if i could maybe just share. A little bit from a different perspective, that i think would, bring balance. I have a great friend who is chief tony scarpelli, the chief of police in the town where our church is right and i talk about the partnership, between, pastors, and police and i often tell tony. That if we can do our job well. It will make his his job easier. That's because there are, three types of law that govern our society, there's spiritual, law moral law and civil law. Most of the conversation, here today has been about civil law. But until we can really focus on spiritual, and moral law and change the hearts of people. We'll have to continue to to build bigger jails and bigger princes, prisons.
Until We can bring our nation back to the place of of spiritual, and moral law, um we certainly want to honor, julia jackson we're her pastors, we're not the pastor of the entire family but we want her, you know yes sir i will give her your, regards, and we certainly pray for jacob's continued, healing, and we pray for peace. But i just want to offer to you mr president, that. Jesus himself says blessed are the peacemakers. And we want to help be of service to you and to our nation of having these conversations. Of how do we rebuild, the foundations. Of spirituality. And morality. Which gives us the context, of of, love if you give a righteous, good moral man the launch goes to our nuclear, arsenal. Everyone will be safe because he's a good man. But if you give a malicious, man who is immoral. An ink pen you have to fear for your life, i i would just want to want to say that we're here. To be of service to you and to our country to bring unity. Um we believe that we can help, to listen with empathy and compassion, to the real pain, that that hurts black americans. But we want to be of service to you and to our nation to do whatever we can. To bring true healing. True peace and to really see god's very best in our nation we're here available we're available. Anytime you will call upon us so you know what i think i think you're an incredible, couple i really do i think you're an incredible, couple thank you and thank you very much for being here yes sir, really. Really great, beautiful. Uh do you have any questions. Please. You'd like to send in federal agents for cities like portland. No, it's not but. Yeah. No it's not it's, just that, we're tired of watching, every night with portland. They're, on night 104. Now. And, we're tired of watching it because it could be solved in an hour. And we're tired of watching a mayor that has no clue what's going on, and people are calling our office and people are calling washington. That live in portland. And live in the state. And they're saying please, please send help and the governor we call the governor. Often. And they say no we don't need your help, but i say. Your. Community, is burning down. They don't need our help. Now i don't know if that's political, i don't know what is going on, certainly not common sense but we could solve it just. Like here we all work together we came in the federal government the state government the city government, everybody worked together. The senator, the congressman, it was like a beautiful, thing it just came it just worked. And it was done almost, instantly, people were amazed, and.
As You probably, will have to report. Maybe people are surprised. There's been, zero, problem, in terms of your safety, our safety. I feel. So, safe. Four four or five days ago james we couldn't have done this. The law enforcement's. Been so great and we could do this in portland, so quickly so easily it would. It would be. Incredible. We would have done it in seattle we were all set to go into seattle, as you know. The following, day. And they heard that and they sent the police, and the police did a good job but they the people gave up they were exhausted, they were there for. A long time and they gave up they were exhausted. So we're there i mean we'd love to help. Oregon, we'd love to help. Really love to help portland. Because we could solve that problem so easily we have the people they're ready they could be there in. Less than an hour. Less than an hour, and it would all end. And they got a glimpse of that. In this great state. They got a really good glimpse of it it happened very quickly. And now, i mean i see it they're already rebuilding, you're already rebuilding, your stores you'll be rebuilding your store soon. Your camera shop. So uh. We don't want to do that but at some point we're going to have to do it. We're going to have to do it okay. Can you tell me what you would say to the blake family i know you didn't get a chance to talk to them but what would you say to them in terms of the pain they're going through, and the questions. They have about what happened, well i feel terribly, for anybody that goes through that that's why i was so. Honored to meet the pastors. Uh, i feel terribly, for anybody that goes through that as you know it's under investigation. It's a big. Thing happening, right now i guess it's under, local investigation. I know bill you're also participating. But it's under uh, your local investigation. Group unit. And. I hope they come up with the right answer it's a complicated, subject, to be honest with you. But i feel terribly, for anybody that has to go through and. I didn't get to. Speak to. The mother, i hear she's a fine woman i've heard that from the pastor. A really fine woman. But uh, you can see when i spoke to the pastors, i i see, exactly, what it is and they understand, where i am. And if we can help we're going to help but it is a question, it's under investigation. A lot of things happened, with that and other things frankly. That we're looking at very very closely. Okay. Now we're body cameras. Should every, police officer in the united states wear a body camera. Body cam. Uh. Well. That's, very interesting. Let me ask. Bill to answer that question. Go ahead. Well generally that's that's a local. Uh issue for each police, force in each community. The political leaders of a community to decide, upon. But i think most law enforcement, people i know. Who were originally, skeptical. Of body, cameras. Are now coming around to feeling that, they actually are a net, benefit. It's a very tough. You know it's a very the whole thing with a body cam you read it and you read, two sides of the story, how do you feel about it daniel. I believe that body cameras would be very helpful for you you think they're good i believe they show both sides, where right now. Officers, would be vindicated, for some of the things that they've been accused of, and certainly. If there were. Inappropriate, actions those would be captured but you overall. I support them how about you, we're good with it we're already been put into the budget for 2021. And uh okay so you'll be having them we'll be having them okay good. They like them. The problem of police violence. Has been described, as just the problem of a few bad apples, repeatedly. You're gonna have to speak up please yeah, uh the problem of police, violence. Has been described, by you, including, president, uh, as just bad apples a few bad apples. Or people who choke occasionally. Some african-american, community leaders and a lot of others actually have said it's systemic. Where do you stand on that i don't believe that no i don't believe that i think the police do an incredible, job. And i think you do have some bad apples i think you'd agree every once in a while you'll see something, and, and you do have the other situation. Too where they're. Under this tremendous, pressure and they they don't handle it well. They call it choking. And it happens. And uh. No but i don't believe that at all i think they're. I've met so many police i have the endorsement, of.
Like, So many, maybe everybody. And, frankly i think they're incredible, people. They want to do the right thing it's a tough job. It's a tough job it's a dangerous, job. But i have to say this to the police the. The people of our country love you. You don't hear that you don't hear it from them but, the people of our country love you and they respect you and they and you know it you feel it in your heart or you wouldn't be doing it. Or you wouldn't be doing it but there's a great love. And when they see what goes on and when they see a case like this where, it's solved so quickly. They respect, the police a lot, really a lot so you should hear it at least, mr president. We're focusing, on violent. Uh actions but there have been, countless. Non-violent, protests, here in wisconsin, and across the country this summer. Uh, people calling for an end to systemic, racism, do you believe systemic, racism, is a problem in this country. Well you know you just keep getting back to. The opposite, subject, we should talk about the kind of violence, that we've seen in, portland, and here, and, other places, it's tremendous, violence you always get to the other side well what do you think about this or that the fact is that, we've seen tremendous, violence, and. We will put it out very very quickly if given the chance and that's what this is all about. Yeah i keep hearing about peaceful protests, i hear it about everything and then i come into an area like this and i see. The town is, burned down i mean you look at minneapolis. They should have acted much quicker. When we got the national, guard in there it took. Literally. A half an hour you saw the scene. They formed, they walked. It was over. And they haven't had a problem. Of any consequence. Since. Their police, weren't allowed to do the job that they could do they're very good police department but they weren't now they want to break it up, they want to end it they don't want to have a police department, they want to not only defund they want to get rid of it it's ridiculous. So i just say this that. The. Kind of. Violence. That i saw you may have protesters. But you have some really bad people too you have anarchists. And you have the looters, and you have the writers, you have all types you have. Agitators. And that's what you should be focusing, on with your question. I keep hearing about, peaceful protests, it's become. Really i think it's hurt the media very badly because you'll have somebody standing, on. One of the networks, i won't say which one but there are more than one many of them. Saying how it's a peaceful protest, and over the shoulder you see the whole place is burning down. It's become. A pretty common. Sight. So, i don't view the peaceful protest, i think peaceful protesting, is fantastic, i think it's great. But, by and large this is not peaceful protest, when you walk into a, an area and you see buildings, that have burned down. And. Fortunately, here we stopped it early. And so the damage, is, relatively, minimal but when you look at some of these areas that they just don't ask for the help they refuse to allow. Us to go in and help them, and by the time you get there the place is, disintegrated. And then they say it was a peaceful protest, it's not a peaceful protest, and you shouldn't call it a peaceful protest. Okay, one more please. Answer my question. My question was for the pastors, say it again the peaceful protest.
The Peaceful, protests, that have happened you've acknowledged some of them are peaceful. They're calling for structural. Change mr blake was shot, i think seven times in the back do you believe that there is a need, for structural, change what is your message well i think people are calling for structural, change and then you could take the people of kenosha. That aren't here and that you won't see and that aren't protesting, but they want change also they want to see law and order. That's the change they want they want law and order. They want. The police to be police they want the police to do what they do better than anybody else in the world and that's what they want too. You don't see them marching, and you don't see them on the streets. But what they want is they want. Great police force they want. People that are going to keep them safe. Where. Their houses, aren't broken into. Where they're not raped, and murdered. That's what they want. And they're protesters, too but they don't walk down the street up and down the street. So. You know, just the way it is, just the way it is, so i want to thank you all and i'll see you back at the plane thank you very much thank you. Thank you great job, fantastic. Job, thank you everybody. Thank you very much appreciate. It. Great. Teamwork.