Friday, September 23, 2016

Trump Supports "Stop and Frisk" Policy



Summary: During one of his campaign stops at an African American church in Cleveland and other interviews within the past 24 hours, Donald Trump has been praising the "stop and frisk" policy that many think is unconstitutional. The stop and frisk policy is when police are allowed to stop individuals they deem suspicious on the street and pat them down to check if they are in possession of any firearms or other weapons. Trump believes that this will be a solution in reducing crimes as it did in "crime-ridden" cities like Chicago. The policy dates as far back as the 1960s in New York and it reached its peak in 2011 when police made over 685,724 stop and frisks. About 9% of the stops were whites and 87% were blacks and hispanics. What Trump fails to address is the tension stop and frisk creates between minorities and law enforcement as colored people feel especially targeted when it comes to the policy. Jeffery Robinson, deputy director of the ACLU, had more negative responses to the idea of bringing the policy back, one in which he states that "[Stop and frisk] is blanket harassment of an entire community and so it is a policy that not only has constitutional, moral and ethnic failings, but practically speaking it does nothing. It's not effective in making the community safer."

Connection: This connects back to all the racial stereotypes and discrimination the colored community has faced for centuries. It also connects back to the police brutality towards blacks such as the recent shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma where police officer Betty Shelby shot Terence Crutcher because she believed he was going to harm her.

Questions: Do you believe that the stop and frisk policy Trump wants to implement will be effective? Do you think the crimes rates would increase or decrease? Will the policy create more tension between minorities and law enforcement? How and why? What is your opinion on the policy itself?

14 comments:

  1. I don't think that Trump's policy will be effective. It is too subjective based on the views of the impartial policemen. This is one reason why there are so many protests against policemen. I think that this supports more police brutality and will not help crime rates. Overall, I believe that the policy itself is anti-constitutional and will not be accepted my many people/

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  2. I don't believe that the stop and frisk policy will be effective in the US's current situation. Police brutality against minorities is a big issue right now in the country, and this policy would only encourage racial profiling, which leads to tension and more fighting between the police and minorities. I believe Trump's support of this policy will cause many to turn away from him and lower his chances of winning the election.

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  3. I don't think that this policy will be effective because this would cause an outrage from people of various races. With all the social media buzz of police brutality and the use of police using excessive force, this would only cause more drama. Also, with many cases of "racist" police officers, this could cause those kinds of cops to investigate these other racial groups. Like Sid said, this can be too subjective to the people who are frisked just because of the way they look.

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  4. I don't believe this policy will prove to be effective. I think it is an unfair system where the only rules seem to be racially profiling people. I think this will definitely increase tensions between minorities and the police force. Also, it's one of our rights that we can't be unwillingly searched without a warrant.

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    1. I agree with this statement because of having the right to be unsearchable without a warrant. And because people are frisked on the basis of skin color, is very uneasy to comprehend.

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    2. I agree with this statement because of having the right to be unsearchable without a warrant. And because people are frisked on the basis of skin color, is very uneasy to comprehend.

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  5. I agree with Bridget that the policy won't prove to be effective because multiple races can go out in attacks within each other.

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  6. I don't believe this policy will be effective, because it will only accomplish in creating more tension toward the police force and between minority groups. This policy would have the police search people based on their race and skin color, this is undoubtedly wrong, and unethical, and it goes against what the US was made for. I know that if a police officer stopped me because I looked Iranian I would be beyond offended and frankly outraged. In America people are supposed to be free, but what Trump is trying to impose on the people is not free, it is racist and disturbing the rights of the people.

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    1. I completely agree with you. If some police officer stopped me because of my race and assumed I was carrying drugs or whatnot, I'd be offended as well. The US is built upon the idea of all aspects of freedom and Trump would only be stripping that away from us.

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  7. I agree with Heleina cus she is smart and the policy will not be effective

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  8. It never stopped crime, (http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/22/politics/reality-check-stop-and-frisk/) and it is a blatant violation of the 4th amendment. Unless there is an obvious sign of violence or drugs, the government should not have the power to just search people on the streets.

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  9. I don't think it will be effective because as the article said, it is just a way to racially target certain people, as the statistics showed, since only 9% of the people who were stopped were white. I think its also ineffective because just because some people look suspicious does not mean they're doing anything, and some people can hide suspicious actions well. Theres just no way to tell if someone is doing something wrong by stopping and searching them.

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  10. Amidst all the controversy, I believe that the stop and frisk method is effective. Although it could be perceived as racial profiling, many police-civilian shootings are caused by assumptions. The shooting of Trayvon Martin and countless other civilians (not all victims are african-american) happened because of police officers didn’t further investigate the civilians to prove their claim. They just judged by looks and shot them once they did something. Stop and Frisk orders police officers to not make hostile aggression but rather a more peaceful option than just whipping out a gun out of fear. And more importantly, Stop and Frisk doesn’t only apply to minorities but also the rest of america. The world isn’t safe. Trump may be the laughing stock of the presidential candidates, but he does bring up some good points that other candidates can’t see.
    (sorry this is posted late. I had this on a google document but neglected to post it)

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  11. Amidst all the controversy, I believe that the stop and frisk method is effective. Although it could be perceived as racial profiling, many police-civilian shootings are caused by assumptions. The shooting of Trayvon Martin and countless other civilians (not all victims are african-american) happened because of police officers didn’t further investigate the civilians to prove their claim. They just judged by looks and shot them once they did something. Stop and Frisk orders police officers to not make hostile aggression but rather a more peaceful option than just whipping out a gun out of fear. And more importantly, Stop and Frisk doesn’t only apply to minorities but also the rest of america. The world isn’t safe. Trump may be the laughing stock of the presidential candidates, but he does bring up some good points that other candidates can’t see.
    (sorry this is posted late. I had this on a google document but neglected to post it)

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