Trump Calls On Chicago To Embrace Stop-And-Frisk Policing

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Trump told officers at the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Orlando on Monday that "the crime spree is a awful blight" and "there's no reason for what's going on there".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves Air Force One with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly as he arrives aboard Air Force One with President Trump in Orlando, Florida, U.S. October 8, 2018. "So it works-it's got to be properly applied-but stop-and-frisk works".

In addition to recognizing the officers, president Trump said the people of Florida were lucky to have Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi, both of whom he said have fought to increase funding for Florida officers.

He said Monday that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who now serves on his personal legal team, 'had a very strong program of stop and frisk.

"It's disgraceful. Politicians who spread this risky, anti-police sentiment make life easier for criminals and more unsafe for law-abiding citizens".

Trump doesn't offer real solutions or express sympathy for the victims of Chicago's violent crime.

"Even someone as clueless as Donald Trump has to know stop-and-frisk is simply not the solution to crime", Matt McGrath, a spokesman for the mayor, said in an emailed statement. If the president is saying we should have unfettered, unsupervised stop-and-frisk - the subject of study and criticism pre-2015 - then that's a different thing.

The number of homicides in Chicago has dropped over the last two years, but remains relatively high compared to other large cities.

A pool reporter asked Trump how the meeting went as he deplaned in Orlando.

Just weeks before the midterm elections, Trump accused Democrats of being soft on crime.

"My administration will always honor, cherish, and support the men and women in blue, and we are proud to do it", Trump told the crowd at the Orange County Convention Center during General Assembly and Uniform Day.

Law enforcement officials enthusiastically welcomed Mr. Trump. Trump and Rosenstein were supposed to meet late last month, but the US president cancelled that meeting due to a hearing on the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, who was recently confirmed to the US Supreme Court.

"When a police officer is assaulted or killed, it's a wound inflicted upon our entire nation", Trump said.

Trump also heralded recent declines in unemployment as a positive step toward lower crime rates.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference is attended by thousands of law enforcement officials from across the country and around the world.

He also told attendees that this grant funding would go to more than 50 innovative projects targeting the greatest drug threats facing the United States.