President Donald Trump urged police in Chicago to use illegal “stop and frisk” tactics that were banned by the courts in New York City.
Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled in 2013 that stop and frisk was a “policy of indirect racial profiling” that led to officers’ routinely stopping “blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white,” noted The New York Times.
Scheindlin concluded that stop and frisk violated the Fourth Amendment and the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause.
Amazingly, the New York Police Department did not agree to follow the judge’s ruling until 2017, reported The New York Times.
Trump advocated the unconstitutional tactic to law enforcement officials at a convention for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, notes CBS News:
There’s no reason for what’s going on there. I’ve told them to work with local authorities to try to change the terrible deal the city of Chicago entered into with ACLU, which ties law enforcement’s hands and to strongly consider stop and frisk. It works and it was meant for problems like Chicago. It was meant for it. Stop and frisk.
And Rudy Giuliani, when he was mayor of New York City, had a very strong program of stop and frisk, and it went from an unacceptably dangerous city to one of the safest city in the country and I think the safest big city in the country, so it works.
Got to be properly applied, but stop and frisk works. The crime spree is a terrible blight on that city and we’ll do everything possible to get it done.
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