Donald Trump has now come out in favor of the police tactic of “stop and frisk,” advocating for a national commitment to stop crime. “Stop and frisk” gives law enforcement wide leeway to stop and search nearly anyone in public, on suspicion of having contraband. The practice has been criticized as being inherently discriminatory, and a violation of the Fourth Amendment against illegal search and seizure.
Yesterday Donald Trump seemed to imply that he was in favor of the tactic nationally saying “I see what’s going on here (in Toledo), I see what’s going on in Chicago, I think stop-and-frisk, in New York City, it was so incredible, the way it worked. Now, we had a very good mayor. But New York City was incredible the way that worked. So I think that would be one step you could do.”
This morning on Fox And Friends he backed off the national initiative, saying he just meant Chicago. “I think Chicago needs stop and frisk. Now people can criticize me for that or people can say whatever they want, but they asked me about Chicago and I think stop and frisk with good strong, you know, good, strong law and order. But you have to do something. It can’t continue the way it’s going.”
Immediately after this statement, at the 5:40 mark in the above video, Donald Trump makes a truly shocking statement. “Basically [the police] will, if they see possibly, you know, they’re proactive. If they see a person, possibly with a gun, or they think may have a gun, they will see the person, they’ll look, and they’ll take the gun away.”
Donald Trump is advocating that the police be able to stop and frisk anyone on the street with the barest “specific and articulable” suspicion and then confiscate any found weapons.
While the jury is literally still out on whether stop and frisk is a violate of the Fourth Amendment, stopping anyone with little or no probable cause and confiscating a gun is clearly in violation of the Second Amendment. Donald Trump has loudly denounced Hillary Clinton, but only one candidate in this race has promoted the idea of law enforcement taking guns away from private citizens with little to no probable cause.