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President Trump Advocates For Use Of 'Stop-And-Frisk' In Chicago

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President Trump Advocates For Use Of 'Stop-And-Frisk' In Chicago
​He said he ordered the attorney general's office to work with Chicago police.
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President Donald Trump said Monday that Chicago law enforcement should adopt stop-and-frisk policies to help "straighten out" the city's gun violence problem.

Trump said he ordered the attorney general's office to work with law enforcement in Chicago and to "strongly consider stop-and-frisk." He made those comments during his speech at an annual police chiefs convention in Orlando. 

"Stop and frisk – it works and it was meant for problems like Chicago. It was meant for it. Stop and frisk," Trump said.

He also said Rudy Giuliani's stop-and-frisk program helped reduce violent crime in New York City when he was mayor.

Stop-and-frisk policies allow police officers to stop and search people if they have "reasonable suspicion" that a crime has been committed. Critics say the practice disproportionately affects minorities and rarely turns up any evidence.

The City of Chicago and the ACLU reached an agreement back in 2015 to reform the Chicago Police Department's use of stop-and-frisk. Since then, violence has declined, according to the department's statistics. A spokesperson for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told Politico, "Even someone as clueless as Donald Trump has to know stop-and-frisk is simply not the solution to crime."

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN.