Donald Trump Urges Chicago To Deploy Very Racist “Stop And Frisk” Policies
Evidence has proven the aggressive tactic only causes racial divide.
President Donald Trump just keeps one-upping himself, doesn't he?
In a speech given at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Convention held in Orlando, Florida on Monday (Oct. 8), Donald Trump announced his most recent proposition to curb inner-city violence in Chicago– and it's really bad.
During his 37 minute speech, Trump directed a majority of his attention to the Windy City, where he claims that gun violence can be stopped through the proper implementation of stop-and-frisk.
“There's no reason for what's going on there,” Trump said, drawing inspiration from former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani's "strong" execution of the policy.
“The crime spree is a terrible blight on that city, and we will do everything possible to get it done” he continued, referring to his recommendation that the Justice Department work with local authorities to deploy the controversial, illegal and racist practice. "It works and it was meant for problems like Chicago. It was meant for it."
Except it doesn't. Apparently, No. 45 had absolutely no idea that stop and frisk was ruled unconstitutional over five years ago, when a federal judge, Shira A. Scheindlin, found that the NYPD had increased its number of stops in overwhelmingly black and Latinx communities, ultimately practicing a "policy of indirect racial profiling." It also made minority communities even more untrustworthy of police and did little to combat any crime in the city.
Catching wind of Trump's ignorant remarks, Mayor Bill de Blasio corrected his statement, reminding Trump that New York City no longer deploys stop-and-frisk in the way Trump fantasizes.
Wrong again, @realDonaldTrump. New York City reduced the use of stop and frisk by 97% and crime has dropped ever since. 2017 was the safest year in our history. Next time you’re in the safest big city in America you should get educated by the brave men and women of the NYPD. https://t.co/R51V693jWn
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 8, 2018
As for Chicago, the city has faced a decrease in crime this year. The Brennan Center for Justice predicts that Chicago’s crime rate will drop by 3.4 percent and the murder rate will decrease by 23.2 percent. Just last month, there were 42 murders and 214 shootings, down from 60 murders and 257 shootings at the same time last year.