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Trump said the program worked ‘incredibly well’ in New York
He made the comments in a town hall evet in Cleveland with Fox News host Sean Hannity
Stop and frisk became a major police tool by the NYPD under police chief William Bratton during the mayoralty of Rudy Giuliani, a close Trump advisor
Under the policy, police would stop and question people on the street and then frisk them for weapons, sometimes uncovering weapons or people being sought for crimes
It was deployed in other cities including Chicago
The policy became deeply unpopular with civil liberties groups and some minorities, who were overwhelmingly targeted
The policy was dramatically scaled back after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio succeeded Giuliani’s successor Michael Bloomberg
Donald Trump has spoken repeatedly about crime and violence in African American communities, and on Wednesday he proposed a solution: more use of ‘stop and frisk’ policing techniques.
The presidential candidate invoked the controversial policy at a town hall event in Cleveland when an audience member asked about ‘violence in the black community.’
Trump responded: ‘I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well,’ in comments reported by NBC.
He continued: ‘You have to be proactive, and you know you really help people sort of change their mind, automatically, you understand, you have to, in my opinion.’
‘I see what’s going on here, 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.
Audience member Geoff Betts 38, who is black, said he felt dismayed by Trump’s response, Reuters reported.
Connie Tucker, who is white and supports Trump, said she sensed discomfort in the room when the candidate gave his answer.
“I felt like there was a pause,” she said.
Trump tweeted about his support for stop and frisk in 2013.
‘Stop and frisk works. Instead of criticizing Chief Ray Kelly, New Yorkers should be thanking him for keeping NY safe,’ Trump wrote.
The issue became a flashpoint in New York politics and when a federal judge ordered a court monitor of enforcement of a policy by the NYPD that it found violated the civil rights of citizens.
Judge Shira Scheindlin wrote in her ruling that stop and frisk was a ‘demeaning and humiliating experience’ for communities of color. ‘No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life,’ she wrote.
Anger over police tactics has escalated since the stop-and-frisk controversies, as the deaths of African-Americans, many of them unarmed, at the hands of police have sparked unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore and other cities.
The opposition to “stop-and-frisk” led police departments in New York, as well as Chicago and Newark, New Jersey to agree to cut back on its use, in some cases submitting to outside monitoring and improving police training. In New York, ending the practice was a key plank of Democrat Bill de Blasio’s successful 2013 run for mayor.
Tucker, a pastor at Father Heart Ministries in Columbus, Ohio, said she liked policies that yielded results, so if stop-and-frisk helped reduce crime, she was for it.
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