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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 messagesaid” Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, The last thing we need is a green light from the president of the United States for officers to use unnecessary force.” 'Across the country, police department leaders said the president’s words didn’t reflect their views.' 'Trump’s comments also drew a rebuke from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.'