As Donald Trump appeared to try and court African-American voters in Cleveland today at a town hall taped by Fox News, he expressed support for establishing the policing policy of "stop-and-frisk" on a national level.
When asked by an audience member how he would stop violence in the black community, Trump responded, "I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well and you have to be proactive and, you know, you really help people sort of change their mind automatically."
He added, "New York City was incredible, the way that worked, so I think that could be one step you could do."
The policy, which allows police officers to stop a pedestrian regardless of whether they believe a crime has been committed, has been extremely controversial within communities of color and has been the subject of several legal challenges on the basis of profiling and discrimination.
Trump has expressed his support for the policy in the past and has, as of late, been an ardent supporter of profiling in regards to immigration, believing it to be a helpful tactic in stopping terror. Trump has also drawn the ire of some African-Americans in painting a grim portrait of black poverty.
On Tuesday night, Trump said, "Our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they've ever been in before, ever, ever, ever," seeming to not take into account slavery, institutional segregation, or the violence that occurred in the 1960s as black Americans fought for voting rights.
Donald Trump Calls for Nationwide 'Stop-and-Frisk' Policy