Donald Trump calls for a national ‘stop and frisk’ policy
Donald Trump has said several things during this campaign which makes me question his constitutional knowledge as well as his intent to abide by the founding document. The one comment he made, up until this point, that had me the most upset was when he threatened to use libel laws to sue the media if they wrote “horrible and negative and false articles” about him.
We all know the media has a bias, in fact I have written several posts in the last two weeks showing examples of media bias, and while if the media does knowingly print blatant and purposefully incorrect articles they should be open to libel laws I cannot support a person who threatens to sue the media if it writes something he simply feels is “horrible and negative.” This would be a clear violation of the freedom of the press and this type of threat is something I would expect from the left.
But today Donald Trump has touted a policy I find equally at odds with the Constitution when he called for a national “stop and frisk” policy. Here is more:
Donald Trump on Wednesday called for the controversial “stop-and-frisk” policing practice to be instituted nationwide as a means of combating violent crime in America’s inner cities.
In a pre-taped interview on Fox News scheduled to air Wednesday night, Trump was asked by an audience member what he would do to address “violence in the black community” and “black-on-black crime.” Trump responded by proposing that “stop-and-frisk” policing, in which an officer is empowered to stop an individual and frisk them for weapons or any other illegal contraband, be adopted nationwide.
“I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well and you have to be proactive and, you know, you really help people sort of change their mind automatically,” Trump told the questioner. “You understand, you have to have, in my opinion, I see what’s going on here, 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 could be one step you could do.”
I understand that conservatives love to point to Rudy Giuliani’s New York and the fact he brought crime down using this policy but that does not make it Constitutional, in fact I believe is is blatantly unconstitutional and I cannot believe it was never challenged and now Donald Trump wants to make this the new norm all across the nation. Donald Trump says we have to be proactive and in many cases he is right but in this case the Constitution prohibits pro-activism in my opinion.
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution is pretty clear about persons being secure in their belongings and possessions, you cannot simply search a person because you do not like the way they look. You must have probable cause and then get a warrant which states what you are looking for and who and where you are going to search. It simply amazes me how many people are apparently okay with the stop and frisk policy and I think it shows us how many people are actually, despite their supposed love for the Constitution, really only selective-Constitutionalists.
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium