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Trump Suggests Using Controversial Stop-And-Frisk In Cities Beyond NYC

When asked about what he'd do to reduce crime, Trump cited the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk as successful.
Posted at 9:00 PM, Sep 22, 2016

Donald Trump wants to see a controversial New York City Police Department practice expanded to cites around the country. 

"In my opinion, 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," Donald Trump said during a Fox News town hall in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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Trump is not the first person to say stop-and-frisk helped lower crime rates in the Big Apple, but NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says Trump has his facts wrong.

"The history is that Bill Bratton came in in 1994 and instituted CompStat, which was a systematic, strategic approach to policing. That's what really started the change," de Blasio said on CNN.

A report from the New York Attorney General found that from 2009-2012, officers did over 2.4 million stops. Of those, about 150,000 resulted in arrests. And just under 72,000, or 3 percent, of stop-and-frisk incidents resulted in convictions. 

The NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk was deemed unconstitutional in 2013 because officers often lacked reasonable suspicion. De Blasio notes that since the police department stopped overusing the practice, crime has gone down consistently.

In typical Trump style, the presidential candidate walked back his controversial statement the next day, saying he only wants to implement stop-and-frisk in Chicago.