President Donald Trump has instructed members of the Attorney General’s office to go to Chicago to stem what he calls “a terrible shooting wave.”
Trump told the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, that he wants the office to help prevent gun violence in Chicago.
“We’re gonna straighten it out and we’re going to straighten it out fast,” the president said. “There’s no reason for what’s going on there.”
He called for a return of stop-and-frisk tactics even though a judge ruled in 2013 that the way the practice was being used in New York City was unconstitutional.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday that he welcomes more federal assistance, but said tactics like what Trump is proposing don’t help stave off crime.
“The failed policies he’s talking about have no place for a city that’s working together with communities about how to build not only trust, but a collaborative relationship,” Emanuel said
Trump said he would tell the AG’s office to pull Chicago out of an agreement the city made with the American Civil Liberties Union that the president said ties the hands of officers.
“It works and it was meant for problems like Chicago,” he said, to applause.
The city entered into an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union to reform the practice in 2015 after a report from the organization found that the practice was being disproportionately used on minorities.
Karen Sheley, director of the ACLU of Illinois’ Police Practices Project, said stop-and-frisk not only raises legal issues, but the practice makes people less likely to cooperate with police when they could help or need help themselves.
“It can have lasting and really profound impacts on people,” she said. “It’s a moment when an officer pulls someone aside, restricts their liberty, and puts their hands all over the person’s body.”
She said the aggressive police tactics have cost the city’s taxpayers millions of dollars in settlements.
Crime has dropped since the Chicago Police Department has entered into the agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union.
Chicago was ranked 25th in the nation in terms of murders per capita in Neighborhood Scout’s 2017 Murder Capitals of America. East St. Louis ranked first.