Trump Call for More Stop-and-Frisk Rejected by Chicago Mayor

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel rejected President Trump’s call for Chicago police to start using stop-and-frisk tactics to get the city’s violent crime under control, saying “the failed policies he’s talking about” would damage the work to build public trust in police, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Trump told the International Association of Chiefs of Police on Monday he would send Justice Department officials to Chicago “to help straighten out the terrible shooting wave.” The president wants officials 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.” Trump said.

“It works, and it was meant for problems like Chicago … 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.

An agreement between the American Civil Liberties Union and the city, which required police officers beginning in 2016 to document street stops thoroughly to try to curb racial profiling and other unconstitutional practices. Police street stops plummeted between 2015 and 2016, and some critics blamed that for an increase in homicides in 2016. Emanuel pointed to statistics showing gun violence down in Chicago since 2016.

The mayor said he would welcome federal help in the form of agents cooperating with police on combating gang crime and gun violence. Sessions criticized the 2015 deal between the ACLU and the city of Chicago while speaking last month at a police training conference.

Also in his Orlando speech, Trump defended new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as “flawless,”   and complained that “the way they really tortured him and his family….was a disgrace. I thought it was one of the most disgraceful performances I’ve ever seen.”

On the way down to Orlando, Trump was joined by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and later made clear that Rosenstein’s job was safe, at least for now, Politico reports.

Trump thanked Rosenstein for joining him on the trip and said the two had a “very good talk.” Rosenstein’s status in the Trump administration has been in question since the New York Times reported that he discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office and secretly recording Trump after the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. Rosenstein denied the story.

Trump told reports that “I didn’t know Rod before, but I’ve gotten to know him and I get along very well with him.”

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