Chicago – Stop – Frisk – Trump – Says
Chicago – Stop-Frisk – Trump – Says the President, speaking Monday to an audience of law enforcement leaders, suggested Chicago bring back the controversial police practice known as “stop and frisk.“Trump described gun violence in Chicago as a “terrible blight” in an address to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Orlando.
He said he had directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “help straighten out the terrible shooting wave” in the nation’s third-largest city. He didn’t detail what action Sessions might pursue.
Chicago – Stop-Frisk – Trump – Says
A spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel called Trump’s comments a transparent attempt to beat up on Chicago to gin up support for Republicans ahead of next month’s elections.
“Even someone as clueless as Donald Trump has to know stop and frisk is simply not the solution to crime,” spokesman Matt McGrath said. “The fact that he’s trotting out this tired rhetoric is another sign he’s worried about Republicans in the midterms.”
Later in the day, Emanuel himself also decried Trump’s comments. Speaking at an event to announce sidewalk repairs in the city, Emanuel said that additional resources from the federal government are “welcomed” but that “the idea of what President Trump’s talking about is not only not welcome, it’s antithetical to what we’re working on.”
Trump spoke days after a jury convicted a white Chicago police officer of murder in the 2014 shooting death of a black teen. The shooting, captured on police dashcam video, worsened the already strained relations between the city’s African-American community and the police department.
Chicago suffered 762 homicides in 2016 and 650 last year but has seen a significant drop in violence in 2018. The city has recorded 418 homicides through the end of September – more than 100 fewer slayings at the same point in 2016 and 2017.
“I know the law enforcement people in Chicago, and I know how good they are,” Trump said. “They could solve the problem if they were simply allowed to do their job and do their job properly.”
Trump told the audience of police chiefs that Chicago officials should “strongly consider stop and frisk.”
“It works, and it was meant for problems like Chicago,” Trump said.