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Trump touts stop-and-frisk to stop crime in Chicago

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President
Donald Trump speaks at the International Association of Chiefs of
Police annual conference, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Orlando,
Fla.


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  • President Donald Trump said he wanted the
    stop-and-frisk policy implemented as a crime-control measure in
    Chicago.
  • Trump said the policy, which has been found to aid
    racial profiling by authorities and has no proven correlation
    to crime reduction, “works and was meant for problems like
    Chicago.”
  • Though Trump said the controversial policy could aid
    what he described as a “terrible shooting wave,” Chicago
    police have found a decrease in homicides and shootings this
    year.

President Donald Trump on Monday touted the controversial and
unproven stop-and-frisk policy as a solution to crime in Chicago.

Stop-and-frisk “works and it was meant for problems like
Chicago,” Trump told a crowd at the International Association of
Chiefs of Police Annual Convention while describing a
terrible shooting wave” in Chicago, where authorities have
found a decrease in homicides and
shootings
this year.

The “stop-and-frisk” policy allowed
police to stop, interrogate, search, and detain people for a wide
range of reasons. It rose to notoriety from the 1990s through the
2000s in New York City as a crime-stopping measure that has been
proven ineffective and predatory to minorities.

In his speech, Trump said he directed the attorney general’s
office to work with local law enforcement so they would “strongly
consider” implementing the policy. 

Trump held up his attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy
Giuliani’s “very strong program” as the proven solution that took
New York “from an unacceptably dangerous city to one of the
safest cities in the country.”

Research has since found no correlation between the
policy and crime rate decreases — only a gradual decline that
kept pace with the national average that began before Giuliani
took office.

In 2013, a federal judge declared the
policy an unconstitutional practice of “indirect racial
profiling. ”

Research has also found officers targeted people of color under
the policy, which made it a political interest of groups
including the New York Civil Liberties Union, a component of the
American Civil Liberties Union, which Trump lamented in his
speech “ties law enforcement hands.”

Trump said the policy “has got to be properly applied. But
his comments were nearly identical to declarations promoting
stop-and-frisk in Chicago he made during his 2016 campaign when
he was asked about violence in black communities,
but specified he was answering specifically about Chicago.

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