The controversy over the practice of “stop and frisk” has entered the presidential campaign. Let’s begin with a trivia question. Who wrote the Supreme Court decision upholding “stop and frisk” upon reasonable suspicion?
(a) William Rehnquist
(b) Antonin Scalia
(c) Roger Taney
(d) Earl Warren
The answer is (d).
Our evaluation of the proper balance that has to be struck in this type of case leads us to conclude that there must be a narrowly drawn authority to permit a reasonable search for weapons for the protection of the police officer, where he has reason to believe that he is dealing…
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump praised the controversial “stop-and-frisk” police tactic Wednesday, saying it “worked incredibly well” when it was used in New York City.
Trump was speaking at a town hall moderated by Fox News’ Sean Hannity at a mostly black church in Cleveland, Ohio when he was asked how he would stop violence in black communities.
In response, Trump pointed to “stop-and-frisk”, which allows police to stop and search any person officers deem suspicious.
“I think you have to [do it],” Trump said. “We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well and you have to be proactive.”
“Now, we had a very good mayor, but New York City was incredible, the way that worked, so I think that could be one step you could do.”
“Stop-and-frisk” drew complaints from New York City minorities, who claimed they were being disporportionately stopped for searches by officers. In 2013, a federal court ruled that the practice was unconstitutional and its use has since been scaled back.
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