Trump Promises to ‘Straighten Out’ Crime-Ridden Chicago

09 October, 2018, 14:44 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI  AFP

I'm going to straighten it out and straighten it out fast, " the president said in Orlando in remarks to the International Association of Chiefs of Police at their annual convention.

Trump told a police chiefs convention in Orlando on Monday that he'd order his attorney general to send officials "to help straighten out the bad shooting wave" in Chicago. "So it works, 'gotta be properly applied, but stop and frisk works", he added.

Aaron Jimenez, a police chief in St. Ann, Missouri, said he feels Mr. Trump has supported law enforcement more than past presidents.

As the Chicago Sun-Times notes, Chicago police now use stop-and-frisk tactics, but they're not unfettered.

Chicago police agreed in August 2015 to outside monitoring of stop-and-frisk searches after an American Civil Liberties Union report that found officers stopped a disproportionate number of black people and relied on the practice more heavily than departments in other cities.

During Trump's first month in office, he made the same point about police being unable to act due to constraints, saying the problem would be "easy" to solve but for political correctness. He blamed the consent decrees for crime increases in large cities such as Chicago, Baltimore and St. Louis.

"Even someone as clueless as Donald Trump has to know stop-and-frisk is simply not the solution to crime", Matt McGrath, a spokesman for the mayor, said in an emailed statement. "It was meant for it. Stop and frisk".

Police stats from the beginning of October showed that the number of shooting victims has fallen 18 percent from past year and the number of murders is down 20 percent.

The criminal aliens to whom Trump referred include, as he said, "thousands of vicious gang members" and "MS 13 predators". Advisers had also cautioned Trump against doing anything dramatic in the weeks before the midterm elections next month.


Democrats do not provide adequate support for law enforcement: "The Democrats fight us at every turn, whether it's law enforcement or military".

"I think we'll be treated very fairly".

Law enforcement officials enthusiastically welcomed Mr. Trump.

Rosenstein and Trump had been expected to meet at the White House days later, but that meeting was put off so that the president could focus on the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump said Kavanaugh would be "a faithful defender of the rule of law".

Trump also heralded recent declines in unemployment as a positive step toward lower crime rates.

The money will fund more than 50 innovative projects through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program.

Sergeant Luis Celis of the Doral, Florida, Police Department played a key role in stopping an active-shooter incident at the Trump National Doral Resort, when he pursued and apprehended the shooter.

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