On Monday, President Donald Trump called for the Chicago Police Department to end its “terrible deal” with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) preventing police from using “stop-and-frisk” measures to deter crime.
Addressing the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Convention in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Trump said he’s tasked the U.S. Attorney General’s office with persuading Chicago police to renew their “stop-and-frisk” policy.
Trump said crime-ridden cities, like Chicago, are “meant for” stop-and-frisk:
"I have directed the attorney general's office to immediately go to the great city of Chicago to help straighten out the terrible shooting wave. I'm going to straighten it out and straighten it out fast. There's no reason for what's going on there.
“I've told them to work with local authorities to try to change the terrible deal the city of Chicago entered into with ACLU, which ties law enforcement's hands - and to strongly consider ‘stop-and-frisk.’ It works, and it was meant for problems like Chicago. It was meant for it. Stop-and-frisk."
Trump cited the successful use of stop-and-frisk by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani:
"And Rudy Giuliani, when he was mayor of New York City, had a very strong program of stop-and-frisk, and it went from an unacceptably dangerous city to one of the safest cities in the country and I think the safest big city in the country, so it works. Got to be properly applied, but stop-and-frisk works. The crime spree is a terrible blight on that city and we'll do everything possible to get it done."
Chicago police are both eager and able to solve the city’s crime problem – they just need to be allowed to do their job, Trump said, promising to provide immediate assistance:
“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 - and that’s what they want to do.
“So, Chicago, we’re going to start working with you, as of today.”