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Trump Proposes Expanding Use of Stop-And-Frisk

Donald Trump proposed expanding the use of the stop-and-frisk policy on Wednesday.

The Hill reports:

In the event that will air Wednesday night on Fox News’s “Hannity,” Trump was asked by an audience member how he would address violence in black communities, according to a transcript.

“Well one of the things I’d do, Ricardo, is I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to,” Trump responded.

Trump said policies have to be “proactive” and that stop-and-frisk worked “incredibly well” in New York City.

“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,” Trump said.

Trump for years has been an outspoken advocate of the controversial policy, which allows police officers to stop and search people if they have a reasonable suspicion that the person committed a crime.

In 2013 a federal judge ruled that the program was unconstitutional, saying it was a “policy of indirect racial profiling” because it was disproportionately used to target minority communities.

Asked for comment about the remarks, a Trump campaign spokeswoman advised waiting until the full remarks air at 10 p.m.

Early on in the event, Trump credited former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s use of stop-and-frisk as the key driving force behind the city’s drop in crime. He also suggested that Chicago adopt the program.

“Now they stopped [stop-and-frisk] in New York,” Trump said. “Let’s see what happens. But Chicago, maybe more than ever, you’re going to need something, because what’s going on there is absolutely out of control.”

Trump said jobs will be his main focus in trying to fix the nation’s inner cities.

“The inner cities are, I mean, can you say never, but certainly one of the worst stages ever in the history of the inner city,” he said. “It’s so unsafe where you walk down the street and you get shot or your child gets shot. So we’re going to really fix the inner cities.”

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