Donald Trump was on Fox News’ Hannity program on Wednesday, where he stated, “I would do stop and frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well.” The billionaire suggested a nationwide policy. New York ruled their stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional in 2013.
The interview is slated to be aired on Thursday night.
The recommendation of a stop-and-frisk policy came after Trump was asked how he would help curb violence in African American communities if he was president. Referencing New York’s policy, Trump stated, “It was so incredible, the way it worked.” Federal Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled the law unconstitutional in 2013 and called it “a form of racial profiling.”
The NYCLU reports that nearly 90% of people that were stopped under the law were completely innocent. Blacks and Latinos were stopped in overwhelming numbers under the law. In 2012, 532,911 people were stopped, and 55% were black and 32% were Latino.
Controversy over the law lowered this number to just 191,558 stop-and-frisks in 2013, and the number fell to 22,939 in 2015. Following the law being found unconstitutional, the number of people found to be guilty when stopped and frisked also rose to 20% in 2015.