“The crime spree is a terrible blight on that city,” President Trump said at a convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Trump stated that he had ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “immediately” go to Chicago “to help straighten out the terrible shooting wave,” and also encouraged the city to embrace the stop-and-frisk policing. Stock-and-frisk is a method in which large numbers of people are temporarily detained, questioned and sometimes searched for drugs and weapons. It was used extensively in New York City until it was deemed unconstitutional due to its overwhelming impact on minority residents. City of Chicago also curbed stop-and-frisk policy in 2015, following the agreement with ACLU.
“Gotta be properly applied, but stop-and-frisk works,” said Trump, who had traveled to Orlando with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Despite the horrific string of homicides that shook the city within the past week, according to the official data released by Chicago Police Department, there have been 102 fewer homicides and nearly 500 fewer shooting victims in the city this year, compared with the first nine months of 2017.
According to Karen Sheley, Director of Police Practices Project at ACLU, Trump’s comments were neither accurate nor helpful. She also added that the Trump administration has consistently “encouraged strong-arm tactics and unconstitutional practices by police,” however, “the solutions to violence in Chicago are not going to come from Donald Trump.”
A spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted Trump for reviving criticism of the city’s homicide rate and the agreement with the ACLU.
“Even someone as clueless as Donald Trump has to know stop-and-frisk is simply not the solution to crime,” Matt McGrath said in an emailed statement.
Trump sees stop-and-frisk policy as solution to Chicago violence – By Chicago News Staff