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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

    Trump Calls for Return to Old Stop-and-Frisk Policy in Black Communities

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    Donald Trump wants police to use stop-and-frisk tactics more aggressively in black communities even though a federal judge has ruled that the practice violates the rights of minorities.

    In a town hall on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Wednesday Trump was asked how he would combat violence in poor black neighborhoods.  He said police should stop and frisk people.

    “I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York; it worked incredibly well. And you have to be proactive,” Trump said.

    By referencing the New York policy–  used extensively by mayors Rudolph Giuliani (now a top Trump hanger-oner), and Michael R. Bloomberg (now a fierce Trump critic)–  Trump was advocating for a return to indiscriminate blacks on racial grounds.  In 2013, former U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that New York’s stop-and-frisk policy violated the rights of minorities.  She told BuzzFeed on Wednesday that Trump’s comments were “destructive.”

    A study from the New York Civil Liberties Union found that blacks and Latinos were disproportionately stopped by police from 2002 until 2013 under the stop-and-frisk policy.  Few had committed any crimes.

    On Wednesday, though, Trump praised the policy, saying “it was so incredible the way it worked.”