Trump Thinks Unconstitutional Stop-And-Frisk Is The Way To Curb Crime

On Wednesday, Donald Trump spoke to a rally audience at Toledo’s town hall with Fox News’ Sean Hannity that will be aired in the evening.

Trump suggested during a pre-taped event for Fox News in Toledo, Ohio that police nationwide should reinstitute the practice of conducting “stop-and-frisks” on suspects, according to a tweet from NBC reporter Alexandra Jaffe.

His statement, which echoed his recent call for greater racial profiling, was his response to an audience member’s question about how he proposed handling crime within black communities.

The GOP candidate said, “We did it in New York. It worked incredibly well and you have to be proactive. I see what’s going on in Chicago. I think stop-and-frisk in New York City, it was so incredible the way it worked. Now, we had a very good mayor, but New York was incredible, the way that worked, so I think that could be one step you could do.”

Trump apparently didn’t realize that his suggestion is not only against the constitution, but isn’t effective at reducing crime in the slightest, ThinkProgress described.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito said, “Donald Trump is having trouble with the facts. Stop-and-frisk as it was applied in New York City was unconstitutional, it didn’t reduce crime and it severely corroded the relationship between the police and the communities they serve.”

Jaffe also commented that Trump’s campaign stop this afternoon in Toledo was a plea to white suburban voters, for whose vote he is still struggling. 


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