NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on a Fox News town hall that will air Wednesday night that he favors using stop-and-frisk nationwide.
Trump responded to a question about how he would stop violence in African-American communities as president.
“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 at a town hall in Cleveland. “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.”
A federal judge ruled the police tactic can be discriminatory against minorities.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called Trump’s proposal “appalling” and suggested that “he’s either ignorant about the history of the city or he’s lying about it.”
“He’s a pampered billionaire. He has no connection to the people he’s talking about. He has no experience in the black community or any other inner city community,” de Blasio told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb. “He has no experience with working people. What he’s suggesting would actually drive a fundamental wedge between police and community all over this country. We’re trying to repair that rift.”
De Blasio added what Trump suggested would make the crisis worse.
“He’s never shown any capacity for understanding law enforcement, and this is just further evidence of it. He literally does not understand what he’s talking about,” the mayor said.
Stop-and-frisk, which allows police to search anyone they deem suspicious, was widely used in New York even though critics said it increased tension between communities of color and the police.
A federal court ruled in 2013 that the city’s use of the tactic was excessive and unconstitutional. De Blasio was elected that year after promising to end overuse of the tactic.
Speaking at an African-American church in Cleveland on Wednesday, Trump also raised questions about the death of Terence Crutcher, the unarmed man who was fatally shot by Tulsa police this week.
“He looked like somebody who was doing what they were asking him to do. And this young officer, I don’t know what she was thinking, I don’t know what she was thinking. It’s very troubling,” Trump said.
The nominee also praised law enforcement.
“They’re great people, great people. Now great people, you always have problems. You have somebody in there that either makes a mistake that’s bad or that chokes,” Trump said.
A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Trump by six points nationally among likely voters – 43 to 37 percent.
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