Trump ad­vo­cates death penalty for cop killers

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WASH­ING­TON (AFP) – US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Tues­day used a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing slain law en­force­ment of­fi­cers to pro­pose that cop killers face the death penalty, bur­nish­ing his tough-on-crime po­lit­i­cal cre­den­tials.

Ad­dress­ing the an­nual National Peace Of­fi­cers' Memo­rial Ser­vice, Trump painted im­mi­grants as vi­o­lent killers and lamented ''am­bush'' style at­tacks against po­lice.

''We must end the at­tacks on our po­lice and we must end them right now,'' Trump said.

''We be­lieve crim­i­nals who kill our po­lice should get the death penalty,'' the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent told the au­di­ence in front of Capi­tol Hill. ''Bring it forth.''

Much of Trump's po­lit­i­cal plat­form is grounded in hard line stances on im­mi­gra­tion, crime and pun­ish­ment.

He has fre­quently ad­vo­cated the death penalty, and on the cam­paign trail promised ''one of the first things'' he would do in of­fice would be an ex­ec­u­tive or­der ap­ply­ing it to ''any­body killing a po­lice man, a po­lice woman, a po­lice of­fi­cer, any­body killing a po­lice of­fi­cer.''

A year and a half into his term, he has yet to act be­cause of con­sid­er­able le­gal and po­lit­i­cal chal­lenges.

Cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment re­mains largely the pre­serve of US states, and only in rare in­stances the fed­eral government.

Trump's pro­posal would re­quire leg­isla­tive change from Congress, and could not be done by ex­ec­u­tive or­der.

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