Continuing outreach aimed at reeling in more support among the black community, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke at a town hall meeting at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Wednesday, an event in which the New York businessman expressed support for a contentious police practice known as “stop and frisk.”
“Stop and frisk” is a strategy in which police, acting on reasonable suspicion, temporarily detain an individual and pat down the person’s outer clothing.
Questioned by a member of the audience on what Trump would do to reduce crime in largely black communities, Trump offered a quick answer.
“I would do stop-and-frisk,” he said. “I think you have to. 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 proven police tactic which has netted thousands of illegally-owned guns and led to the capture of numerous criminals with outstanding warrants, the strategy has been assailed by rights groups which claim it unfairly targets minorities, is a blatant violation of civil liberties and inspires racial profiling.
Despite the strategy achieving some success in urban settings, not all in attendance were convinced of the program’s value. One audience member, Connie Tucker, demonstrated approval, but admitted Trump’s advocacy of the scheme caused some palpable tension among the audience during Mr. Trump’s remarks.
In contrast, Geoff Betts, also in the audience, left the meeting in frustration.
“We are victims,” Betts said. “I just couldn’t take it anymore, I had to go. I don’t think that Donald Trump gets it.”
Trump leads Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 2.5 points in Ohio, 42.3 to 39.8 percent, according to the latest polls.
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