Both sides weigh in on Trump's 'stop and frisk' proposal

Posted at 8:01 PM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-28 22:28:03-04

One of the hot topics coming out of the first presidential debate was ‘Stop and Frisk’, a policing method deemed unconstitutional a few years ago.

For a crowd of riled up Trump supporters outside his rally in Waukesha, the proposed policy is on their minds.

"On the surface it sounds bad, but at the same time we have to find a way to stop having the guns kill each other,” said Trump supporter Randal Thom.

"What are you hiding that you don’t want to be frisked?” questioned Trump supporter Stephanie Hinkle.

‘Stop and frisk’ was a tactic used in New York City when officers had reasonable suspicion someone was armed. Officers would pat down the person’s outer clothing to check.

"We have gangs roaming the street and in many cases they’re illegally here, illegal immigrants and they have guns and they shoot people,” Donald Trump said Monday night.

Trump claims the method brought crimes rates down in New York while taking guns off the streets. He suggests ‘stop and frisk’ might work in other cities like Chicago.

"Well the fact that a republican party nominee would not know that was ruled unconstitutional is kind of surprising,” said Waukesha Democratic Party Chair Scott Trindl. 

Trundle says Trump’s support of a practice once ruled unconstitutional for allegedly targeting minorities should put up a red flag for voters.

"Somebody walking down a Manhattan street in a business suit is not going to be stopped and frisked,” said Trindl. "Somebody walking in a neighborhood more ethnic that’s the one’s that are going to be stopped and frisked."

"We are going to have to take some drastic measures to get this crime and the murders and the shooting down,” countered Thom.