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Trump says he would implement nationwide stop and frisk policy

Controversial tactic was ruled unconstitutional
Posted at 6:41 AM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 06:41:08-04

Donald Trump is calling for the expanded use of "stop-and-frisk," a police tactic that a federal judge has ruled can be discriminatory against minorities.

Asked during a Fox News town hall taping how he would stop violence in the black community, Trump pointed to the tactic that gives police the ability to stop and search anyone they deem suspicious.

He says he would "do stop-and-frisk" because it is "proactive." He adds that the procedure "worked incredibly well" in New York City.

The use of stop-and-frisk expanded exponentially under former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, drawing complaints from minority communities who were disproportionately targeted and deepening tensions between communities and police.

A federal court ruled in 2013 that the city's use of the tactic was excessive and unconstitutional. New York has since scaled it back.