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Po­lice lead­ers across the coun­try moved quickly to dis­tance them­selves from — or to out­right con­demn — Pres­i­dent Trump’s state­ments about “rough­ing up” peo­ple who’ve been ar­rested.

The swift pub­lic de­nun­ci­a­tions came as de­part­ments are un­der in­tense pres­sure to stamp out bru­tal­ity and ex­ces­sive force that can erode the re­la­tion­ship be­tween of­fi­cers and the peo­ple they po­lice — and cost po­lice chiefs their jobs.

“It’s the wrong mes­sage,” Chuck Wexler, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Po­lice Ex­ec­u­tive Re­search Fo­rum, told Wash­ing­ton ra­dio sta­tion WTOP while speak­ing of the trust­build­ing work that de­part­ments have un­der­taken since Rod­ney King’s 1991 beat­ing. “The last thing we need is a green light from the pres­i­dent of the United States for of­fi­cers to use un­nec­es­sary force.”

Trump made the com­ments at a gath­er­ing of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers at Suf­folk County Com­mu­nity Col­lege in New York.

Bribes al­leged in Medi­care fraud case. MI­AMI» A Florida health care ad­min­is­tra­tor ac­cepted bribes in ex­change for help­ing a nurs­ing-home owner — ac­cused of or­ches­trat­ing a $1 bil­lion Medi­care and Med­i­caid fraud scheme — keep his li­cense, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said.

Bertha Blanco, 66, faces fed­eral crim­i­nal charges in a wide-rang­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion that fed­eral au­thor­i­ties are call­ing the na­tion’s big­gest health fraud case, The Mi­ami Her­ald re­ported . She was charged ear­lier this month.

Blanco made about $31,300 a year over­see­ing in­spec­tions at nurs­ing fa­cil­i­ties owned by 48-yearold Philip Es­formes, an ex­tremely wealthy busi­ness­man who owns dozens nurs­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Charges ex­pected in baby’s death.

LARGO, FLA.» A Florida man is fac­ing crim­i­nal charges af­ter his 8-month-old son died while be­ing kept in a swel­ter­ing bed­room with no air con­di­tion­ing.

Wil­liam Fran­cis Hen­drick­son, 25, had been told by child pro­tec­tion au­thor­i­ties the day be­fore his son’s death to keep his chil­dren in an­other room.

The baby died on Thurs­day af­ter be­ing kept in the Largo mo­bile home bed­room that was 109 de­grees when po­lice ar­rived.

Smoke keeps Alabama res­i­dents in­side.

ALA.» A plant that pro­duces agri­cul­tural chem­i­cals caught fire Satur­day in south­west Alabama, blan­ket­ing the area with po­ten­tially haz­ardous smoke and prompt­ing an or­der for peo­ple to stay in­side.

Po­lice said the fire be­gan be­fore dawn at a fac­tory op­er­ated by Tiger-sul Prod­ucts, and crews were still on the scene hours later. No in­juries were re­ported.

Kansas war­den gets new job. KAN.» The

TOPEKA, war­den of a max­i­mum-se­cu­rity Kansas prison that’s had four re­ported in­mate dis­tur­bances in the past three months took a new job within the state De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions a day be­fore the lat­est in­ci­dent, the de­part­ment con­firmed Satur­day.

James Heim­gart­ner stepped down Thurs­day as war­den of the El Do­rado prison, de­part­ment spokesman Todd Fer­tig said. The war­den of an­other max­i­mum-se­cu­rity prison in south­ern Kansas will take over the war­den’s du­ties in El Do­rado while the de­part­ment searches

Wild rac­coons get ra­bies shots.

Wildlife of­fi­cials are boost­ing a pro­gram to vac- cinate rac­coons in the wild in an ef­fort pre­vent the spread of ra­bies in Maine and north into Canada.

About 351,000 oral ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion baits are go­ing to be dis­trib­uted over a 2,400-square-mile area in north­east­ern Maine be­tween Aug. 3 and 7, com­pared to 125,000 doses over a 900-square mile area last year.

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