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Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the New England Police Benevolent Association's meeting Thursday night, prior to being endorsed by the organization. (KIMBERLEY HAAS)

Trump endorsed by New England Police Benevolent Association

PORTSMOUTH — Presidential candidate Donald Trump earned the endorsement Thursday night of the New England Police Benevolent Association, but not everyone who showed up at the event was there to support him.

There were hundreds of protesters outside, holding signs in support of refugees, immigrants, Muslims and people of color. (Click here to see related story).


Inside the ballroom at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, where the police association’s event was held, Trump told the crowd he supports a mandatory death penalty for anyone who kills a police officer in the line of duty.

“Police and law enforcement, I will never, ever, let them down,” Trump said.

Trump told the crowd there is no more time for political correctness. He referenced his recent comments about Muslims by comparing them to when he announced his run for presidency and promised to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.

“The heat I took was unbelievable,” Trump said.

Trump then stated that within two weeks, people were talking about the issue of illegal immigration. He said he hopes the same thing will happen after the San Bernardino shootings, and that nobody will ever again be afraid to report suspicious activity for fear of being blamed for racial profiling.

“People have to be vigilant. People have to keep their eyes open,” Trump said.

VIDEO -- Trump speaks to New England Police Benevolent Association:

After Trump received the endorsement of the police association, he thanked the group.

“This means something to me,” Trump said. 

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