President Trump continued his dive into the abyss of racism and discrimination on Monday when he called for the city of Chicago to implement the widely disparaged and entirely unconstitutional “stop-and-frisk” policy used to almost no effect by the city of New York under the administration of former Republican mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg.
The epidemic of gun violence that has gripped the city of Chicago has vexed lawmakers for years as tough gun laws have predictably failed to stop the influx of weapons from neighboring states and corrupt city governments have squandered enormous sums of taxpayer money on a murderous police state and failed to address the systemic issues of racial inequality and poverty that fuels the violence.
The solution, according to President Trump, is more racism.
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“The crime spree is a terrible blight on that city, and we’ll do everything possible to get it done. I know the law enforcement people in Chicago, and I know how good they are. They could solve the problem if they were simply allowed to do their job and do their job properly” said Trump at a rally for law enforcement officers in Orlando, Florida.
“We want to straighten it out and straighten it out fast. There’s no reason for what’s going on there!” said the president, who said he was urging officials to adopt stop and frisk: “It works, and it was meant for problems like Chicago!”
President Trump on stop and frisk:
"It works and it was meant for problems like Chicago." pic.twitter.com/OmLi7Z69yx
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) October 8, 2018
In reality, studies show that stop-and-frisk, which is a fancy name for “racial profiling,” had very little effect on crime. A study by the Brennan Center for Justice found that crime actually went down after stop-and-frisk was ended:
“Concerns about the program first arose under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, during William J. Bratton’s first tenure as police commissioner. After growing slowly in the early 2000s, stop-and-frisk began to rapidly increase in 2006, when there were 500,000 stops citywide. By 2011 the number peaked at 685,000. It then began to fall, first to 533,000 stops in 2012.
Given this large-scale effort, one might expect crime generally, and murder specifically, to increase as stops tapered off between 2012 and 2014. Instead…the murder rate fell while the number of stops declined. In fact, the biggest fall occurred precisely when the number of stops also fell by a large amount — in 2013.”
But of course, Trump never lets himself be bothered by tricky little things like “facts” or “reality.” He’s made it clear that he’s ordering one of the most brutal and despised police forces in the country to act with even more overt racism and discrimination, which will certainly only make the problem worse but is just what his white supremacist fans want to hear.