Trump Calls for Nationwide Stop-and-Frisk Policy
'We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2016 5:19 AM CDT
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop on Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.   (Ty Greenlees/Dayton Daily News via AP, Pool)
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(Newser) – Donald Trump made what Politico calls a "puzzling pitch" to black voters Wednesday with a call to use the controversial "stop and frisk" tactic to reduce crime in cities across America. The practice involves officers stopping and questioning pedestrians before frisking them for drugs or weapons. "We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well," Trump told Fox's Sean Hannity during a town hall event on black issues, though a federal judge found in 2013 that the NYPD's use of the tactic was unconstitutional and was used to illegally target minorities. A roundup of coverage:

  • The New York Times reports that the tactic has caused tension between police and black residents of cities where it's used, and that black leaders slammed both Trump's endorsement of stop-and-frisk and his apparent failure to realize that rolling out the tactic nationwide is beyond the president's constitutional powers.

  • The Guardian reports that Trump also addressed Friday's police shooting of unarmed black man Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., saying officer Betty Shelby might have "choked." "He was walking, 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," Trump said.
  • People reports that Trump was introduced at an event at a black church in Cleveland by boxing promoter Don King, who said the n-word while introducing him before correcting it to "Negro."
  • Hillary Clinton is 6 points ahead of Trump among likely voters, according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. The poll found that Clinton has a 43% to 37% lead despite the fact that most voters view her negatively. Some 44% of Clinton voters said their main motivation was voting against Trump—and 51% of Trump voters said they were mainly voting against Clinton.
  • The AP notes that according to a report from the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released Wednesday, Trump's tax proposals would add a whopping $5.3 trillion to the federal debt over the next decade. Clinton's would add $200 billion.
  • When asked by an interviewer Wednesday why he had changed his mind about being a "birther," Trump said he wanted to "get on with the campaign" and talk about issues like ISIS, jobs, and the military instead of President Obama's birthplace, the Hill reports.