Trump Has Tough Message for Chicago Cops

The president says he endorses stop-and-frisk
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 8, 2018 6:15 PM CDT
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President Donald Trump addresses the International Association of Chiefs of Police at their annual convention Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Orlando, Fla.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)

(Newser) – President Donald Trump drew an enthusiastic response from a law-and-order crowd Monday, advocating the use of "stop and frisk" policing and saying he has directed the Justice Department to work with local officials in Chicago to stem violence in the nation's third-largest city, the AP reports. "The crime spree is a terrible blight on that city," he said at a convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Orlando, Fla. Trump said he had ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to "immediately" go to Chicago and encouraged it to embrace the stop-and-frisk policing method that was used in New York City until it was deemed unconstitutional because of its overwhelming impact on minority residents. "Gotta be properly applied, but stop-and-frisk works," Trump said.

It was unclear exactly what the president had ordered of his attorney general. The White House and Justice Department didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. Trump traveled to Orlando with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Chicago police said last week that there have been 102 fewer homicides and nearly 500 fewer shooting victims in the city this year, compared with the first nine months of 2017. Just weeks before the midterm elections, Trump accused Democrats of being soft on crime. "The Democrats fight us at every turn. Whether it's law enforcement or military. They fight us at every turn. And we win," Trump said. He also singled out politicians who have criticized police, often in the wake of shootings of young, black men.

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