Chapman Joins Trump for Policing Order Signing

Loudoun Sheriff Michael L. Chapman joined President Donald Trump for the ceremonial signing of the president’s Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities.

The executive order incentivizes higher standards of training for use of force and de-escalation tactics. However the executive order has been criticized by reform advocates for not going far enough—including in a statement from Amnesty International. Kristina Roth, the Senior Program Officer for Criminal Justice Programs at Amnesty International USA, said the executive order “amounts to a band-aid for a bullet wound, and the public will not be easily fooled by half measures when this moment is calling for transformational change of policing,” pointing out that in cases such as the death of Eric Garner at police hands, the chokehold used by New York policeman Daniel Pantaleo was already banned by department policy.

Chapman said the executive order is “the first step to ensure that high standards and law enforcement accountability are promoted nationwide.”

“I have remained committed in Loudoun County to the training of our deputies to protect and preserve life and to meet or exceed nationally recognized best practices,” Chapman wrote by email.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office already puts all uniformed deputies with two or more years on patrol through Crisis Intervention Training, a program of de-escalation that the sheriff’s office credits with reducing use of force by deputies, particularly when dealing with people who suffer mental illnesses. The 40-hour course introduces students to the social, psychological, and legal aspects associated with mental illness, along with Asperger’s, autism, and the Wounded Warrior Program.

Amid nationwide protests over police violence, especially against black people, Trump in his remarks at the signing said incidents of police killings and violence against black people are down to “a small number of bad police officers.”

“I use the word ‘tiny.’ It is a very small percentage, but you have them,” Trump said.

Chapman backed those comments.

“Considering there are over 800,000 law enforcement officers nationwide, approximately eighteen thousand law enforcement agencies in the United States, and tens of millions of police-citizen encounters annually, the actual number of violent incidents against African Americans by bad police officers is very small,” Chapman wrote.

The order also makes no mention of race.

“The Executive Order was designed to provide solutions to areas considered problematic to some agencies and is a good first step for law enforcement nationwide to adopt high professional standards,” Chapman wrote.

The photo op featured Chapman, other law enforcement executives and the president clustered closely together without masks, against CDC guidance for face coverings and social distancing. Chapman said he felt safe.

“I had my temperature checked twice and was tested for COVID 19, as I assume most – if not all attendees were,” Chapman wrote. “I felt very safe in that environment.”

9 thoughts on “Chapman Joins Trump for Policing Order Signing

  • 2020-06-17 at 5:36 pm

    I’d like to congratulate Sheriff Chapman for getting ahead of the game on this and instituting the Crisis Intervention Training program after the Costco incident years ago. He didn’t brush things aside or cover them up. He confronted an issue and solved a problem before it became a bigger problem.

    And, since the Democrats in Loudoun are trying to curtail our voting rights and eliminate the independently elected Sheriff’s office and replace it with a subservient police chief, I’ll add that I am very happy with the Sheriff Dept. as a whole and want it to remain a Sheriff’s department accountable directly to the people of Loudoun county and not to Chairwoman Randall pushing an anarchist political agenda.

  • 2020-06-18 at 10:01 am

    “….And, since the Democrats in Loudoun are trying to curtail our voting rights” You’re kidding, right?

    • 2020-06-19 at 10:57 am

      No, the Chair wants to abolish LCSO and have an appointed Police Chief that would report to her and be bound to decisions made by the Board. Until the Chair comes out against our Blackface Govenor and Accused Rapist Lt. Governor, she has no moral ground.

    • 2020-06-19 at 5:07 pm

      Subjugating the Sheriff’s Dept. was the first thing out of Chairwoman Randall’s mouth the DAY SHE GOT ELECTED. Why do Democrats want to take away our right to vote for our chief law enforcement officer?

  • 2020-06-18 at 11:04 am

    Phyllis and her control freaks hate that The People of Loudoun make the decisions about law enforcement.

    Ever wonder why they’re so adamant about taking over? It’s all about control.

  • 2020-06-19 at 4:32 pm

    “high standards and law enforcement accountability …”? The hypocrisy of this is galling. Sheriff Chapman was forced out of the DEA approximately 18 months away from a full retirement due to his expense account fraud. The agent that conducted the investigation (now retired) stated that after his interview about this, Chapman immediately resigned. She further added that if it was anyone else, Chapman would have been arrested. Chapman puts out a story that he accepted a lucrative job offer from Booz Allen (which lasted about 3 years or so), but does anyone really believe that he would walk away from a full federal pension 18 months before he could collect it? Chapman has a history of this kind of behavior but the local republicans in office just circle the wagons around him, stating that he has “name recognition” which is helpful for endorsements and votes. *On a side note, Chapman counts his time at Booz as law enforcement and added an additional hash tag on his sleeve representing this as time served as a law enforcement officer. Between the comical amount of hash tags, assorted ribbons, as well as promoting himself with four stars on his epaulettes, he dresses like a North Korean artillery officer.

  • 2020-06-20 at 1:51 pm

    “he dresses like a North Korean artillery officer.” Naaahh. He’s short 35 or 40 medals for that. Funny though.

    The People’s Sheriff is doing a great job. Law enforcement is far too important to be left to petty polticans.

  • 2020-06-24 at 12:23 pm

    The Sheriff is an elected official and answers to the citizens of Loudoun County whereas a Police Chief would answer to board of supervisors. Seeing how this board has mismanaged this pandemic and forced many small business to close and the lost of substantial tax revenue why would we want them to control anything else?

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