Donald Trump and Lester Holt Clash Over Whether Stop-and-Frisk Is Constitutional in New York


Professor Ian Weinstein was quoted in PolitiFact about the constitutionality of stop-and-frisk. Professor Weinstein’s comments follow the September 26 presidential debate, during which moderator Lester Holt asked Donald Trump what he would do to heal racial divides. Trump said the country needs to “bring back law and order” in inner cities and praised stop-and-frisk policies in Chicago and New York.

There might be some confusion in the public conversation over stop-and-frisk because it seems the public has come to associate the phrase “stop-and-frisk” with unconstitutional practices, like officers stopping people for no reason, said Ian Weinstein, professor at the Fordham University School of Law in New York.

“Constitutional stop-and-frisk is legal across America, and the unconstitutional version is illegal across America,” Weinstein said.

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