How do you stop the non-existent problem of black-on-black crime? Do more “stop-and-frisks,” Donald Trump said during his town hall with Fox’s Sean Hannity in Cleveland on Wednesday. There are just two big problems with that.
Having police officers stop pedestrians and then frisk them for weapons and drugs has been proven both unsuccessful and unconstitutional. That’s right. In August 2013, a New York Judge ruled that NYPD’s stop-and-frisks are “racially discriminatory” and unconstitutional. Why? Because the people who get stopped and frisked is determined through racial profiling.
Reinstating stop-and-frisks is possibly the most racist national policy proposal we’ve seen in over 60 years, since the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in public facilities in Mayor and City Council of Baltimore v. Dawson back in 1955.
Yet Think Progress reports NBC’s Alexandra Jaffe sat in on Donald Trump’s town hall event and gave us a sneak peak before Fox Insider aired it at 10:00 p.m. According to her, an audience member asked about how Donald Trump would stop “violence in the black community” and non-existent “black-on-black crime.” The answer? Bring back stop-and-frisks in policing so black people can get harrassed more…on top of all those shootings.
‘Right, well, one of the things I’d do, Ricardo, is 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. And, you know, you really help people sort of change their mind automatically. You understand, you have to have, 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. 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.’
Here’s Alexander Jaffe’s tweet with the dialog from the town hall with Donald Trump’s praise for stop-and-risks in policing.
Trump will propose nationwide stop-and-frisk to address violence in black community 2nite on Hannity: pic.twitter.com/HDSPYtepqb
— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) September 21, 2016
Fox News Insider also posted a deceptive video preview clip that shows Donald Trump sounding sympathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement. He talks about Terence Crutcher, the unarmed black man who was fatally shot by Tulsa police with his hands up after his car broke down on the highway. He acknowledged that Terence Crutcher “was doing everything he was supposed to do” but stopped short of blaming the police officer and the rampant racism in our criminal justice system. Instead, he said:
‘I don’t get it. I don’t care where you’re coming from. There was something really bad going on. His hands were high. He was walking to the car. He put the hands on the car. Now, maybe she choked. Something really bad happened.’
No, cops murdering black people in the street on a regular basis isn’t just something random and “really bad” happening. It’s part of a long-time systemic criminalizing and terrorizing of black communities. The only reason we see it now, and didn’t see it 10, 20, or 30 years ago is because most people didn’t have cell phone cameras back then.
Also, stop-and-frisks by NYPD was not the big success Donald Trump describes. Think Progress notes:
‘But even before it was banned, the practice was far from successful. Over a period of ten years, approximately 5 million people, largely African Americans and Latinos, were stopped by the NYPD. Roughly nine out of 10 walked away without an arrest or a ticket.’
Here’s the video preview from Donald Trump’s town hall from Fox, without his effusive praise for stop-and-frisks, of course.
Donald Trump caught praising “stop and frisks” policing on video.
This is not the first time Donald Trump has praised stop-and-frisks. “Stop-and-frisk is a very positive thing,” Donald told Lauren Mayk in an interview with NBC 10 Philadelphia on Sept. 2. He had just met with black leaders in Philadelphia to give his usual spiel about how black communities are so horrible you can’t walk around “without getting shot.”
The GOP presidential candidate then talked about all the totally-not-black criminals skulking around these African-American neighborhoods across our nation.
‘You have criminals carrying guns. They’re carrying things like bombs and the police know who they are. The police know so well who they are.
Donald Trump then added we need invasive policing to get
black people criminals off the street.
‘Number one they [the police] have to be stronger in terms of getting the bad ones off the street.’
Here’s the video, via Occupy the Media‘s Facebook page
And here’s where Donald Trump advocates racial profiling on the O’Reilly Factor.
Donald Trump just called for more racial profiling https://t.co/FoGLiteanP
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 22, 2016
Featured image: Video screengrab via Fox News Insider