Amid violence, Trump calls on Chicago police to adopt ‘stop and frisk’

In an address to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Orlando Monday, President Trump told attendees the City of Chicago should adopt the “stop and frisk” policing strategy to combat street violence.

During the same address, Trump also assailed a 2015 negotiated agreement between Chicago’s City Hall and the ACLU, which, Trump says, impairs law enforcement’s ability to defeat violent crime.

Trumpeting the effectiveness of “stop and frisk” as a key element in dramatically reducing crime in New York City while Rudy Giuliani served as mayor from 1993–2001, Trump said:

“Rudy Giuliani . . . had a very strong program of stop and frisk, and it went from an unacceptably dangerous city to one of the safest cities in the country and I think the safest big city in the country, so it works.”

“I have directed the attorney general’s office to immediately go to the great city of Chicago to help straighten out the terrible shooting wave. . . . I’ve told them to work with local authorities to try to change the terrible deal the city of Chicago entered into with the ACLU, which ties law enforcement’s hands”.

A controversial tactic also known as a “Terry stop,” “stop and frisk” is a method in which individuals are briefly detained and searched by police for reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.

Advocates of the policy say its use materially reduces crime and has both netted thousands of illegally-owned guns and nabbed individuals with outstanding warrants.  Critics of the method say it unjustly targets minority communities.

Under a 2015 agreement with the ACLU, Chicago adopted recommendations from an ACLU study determining a bias in policing.  The accord required police officers to complete “Investigatory Stop Reports” when coming into contact with residents.  To fulfill the agreement, a magistrate was to oversee its implementation.

The agreement was concluded under the threat of a lawsuit from the civil liberties group.

Responding to Trump’s recommendations to reduce crime, Mayor Rahm Emanuel replied:

“The failed policies he’s talking about have no place for a city that’s working together with communities about how to build — not only trust, but a collaborative and cooperative relationship.  While resources are always welcome, the idea of what President Trump is talking about is not only not welcome — it’s antithetical to what we’re working on, and that is about a strong, pro-active, professional police department.”

Trump’s comments come less than a week after a Chicago police officer was convicted for the 2014 shooting death of an armed teen on the city’s south side.  Jason Van Dyke, an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was convicted of second-degree murder in early October.  He is awaiting sentencing.

So far in 2018, Chicago has experienced 454 homicides and 2,376 shootings, of which an additional 1,986 have been injured.


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