Trump calls for more stop-and-frisk because it was such a booming success in New York
It’s pretty clear by now that Republican nominee Donald Trump has not one clue about what he would do if he were really president. Aside from being a racist schmuck and wanting to build a wall, he doesn’t have one single real plan and the ones he does have are totally copied from other not great leaders. Exhibit 4,582: on Wednesday, in the wake of protests in Charlotte, North Carolina after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, Trump said he would use stop-and-frisk on a national level to keep “our cities” safe.
If you don’t know, stop-and-frisk is something that former New York City mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg ordered the NYPD to do to patrol the dark streets of Gotham. It involves police stopping regular people and searching them for guns, drugs, and other illegal shit. It has been deemed racist and ineffective by most everyone in law enforcement. It’s basically just cops profiling minorities in poor neighborhoods, violating their rights, and then letting them go — increasing tensions between police and neighborhoods — or booking them for carrying weed or something. It’s fucking useless. Not only is it useless, but it was also called unconstitutional by a New York state judge in 2013.
The first thing New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, did when he got into office was stop the practice. Former police commissioner Bill Bratton has said that it “is not a significant factor in the crime rate of this city.” In fact, in 2014, when the city had the lowest number of stop-and-frisks, Bratton said at a press conference, “We had much less crime, the lowest number of homicides in the recorded history of the department.” Even The New York Daily News, a tabloid that ripped Mayor de Blasio a new asshole for hating on the policy when he came into office, has admitted now that it didn’t work. Trump needs to get a clue.
At a town hall in Ohio on Wednesday, a community member asked Trump what he would do to stop “black on black crime,” which is already a question steeped in prejudice and racist narratives about the African-American community, but Trump answered:
“I see what’s going on here, I see what’s going on in Chicago, I think stop-and-frisk. In New York City it was so incredible, the way it worked. Now, we had a very good mayor, but New York City was incredible, the way that worked, so I think that could be one step you could do.”
While the question was about nationwide crime, Trump walked back his comments on Thursday morning, saying that he meant he would bring back the failed crime prevention practice “only in Chicago,” which is also crap, because transcripts of the event exist. (Also, what does “one step you could do,” even mean? Someone should frisk Trump for his poor understanding of the English language, but I digress.)
What Trump is suggesting is bringing back a policing practice that, aside from being unconstitutional, has been proven to not work and actually make things worse. The racial tension in America is at an all-time high, and this guy wants cops to start walking the streets, pulling black kids aside, tossing them up against walls, and frisking them for guns and decriminalized personal stashes of weed. Because that’s a good way to start a dialogue, decrease needless arrests, and keep the peace.
Stop-and-frisk only fed the fear and distrust between black communities and police officers in New York City. The same kind of fear and distrust that ultimately leads to cops discharging their firearms and killing unarmed black men. It’s not a solution. It keeps the problem simmering.
Even if it were just implemented in Chicago (which by the way, would be at the discretion of Chicago’s mayor and police commissioner, but we can’t expect Trump to understand the intricacies of how government works) it would be a fucking disaster. Also, did I mention that it’s already been deemed unconstitutional?