Trump Pushes for Stop and Frisk in Speech to Police Chiefs: ‘It Was Meant for Problems Like Chicago’
Speaking before the International Association of Chiefs of Police at the convention center in Orlando on Monday, President Donald Trump stated, as he has before, that he is sending the Attorney General’s office to Chicago “immediately” in response to the violent crime crisis there. He blamed the ACLU for tying the hands of police in the city, and said that “Stop and Frisk” works and should be considered there.
“By the end of this year, murders in major cities are estimated to drop by close to 10% from their levels in 2016,” said the President, in touting the impact of policy on the statistics. He turned to Chicago as an example of major city with a crime problem.
“I have directed the Attorney General’s office to immediately go to the great city of Chicago to help straighten out the terrible shooting wave,” he said. “Want to straighten it out fast, 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,” said Trump. “It works and it was meant for problems like Chicago. It was meant for it. Stop and frisk.”
He cited the example of his attorney and the former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani as a model.
“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 in one of the safest cities 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,” he continued. “The crime spree has a terrible blight on that city, and we will do everything possible to get it done.”
He reiterated that the police are constrained in their ability to respond, something he’s said before. “I know the law enforcement people in Chicago, and I know how good they are. They could solve the problem if they were simply allowed to do their job and do their job properly and that’s what they want to do.”
During Trump’s first month in office, he made the same point about police being unable to act due to constraints, saying the problem would be “easy” to solve but for political correctness.
Four days after Trump was inaugurated, he threatened to “send in the Feds” if the problem was not dealt with.
If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
On that topic in Orlando today, he concluded that portion of his remarks by saying, “so Chicago, we are going to start working with you as of today.”
Watch the clip above, courtesy of Fox News.
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