A spokesman for the New York Police Department took to Twitter during Monday night’s debate to push back on one of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE's claims about the use of stop-and-frisk.

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Assistant Commissioner J. Peter Donald said that the decline in the use of the controversial policing tactic has coincided with a drop in crime.

“Stop question & frisk has decreased nearly 97% in NYC since '11. Crime, murder, & shootings have decreased significantly during same period,” Donald wrote on Twitter.

The tweet came almost immediately after Donald Trump during Monday night’s debate repeated his calls for expanding the use of stop-and-frisk, the policy in which police officers stop citizens in public if they suspect a crime has been committed, crediting it as the reason for the drop in crime in New York City. 

 

Trump has called for implementing stop-and-frisk nationally, saying it could help cut down on crime in poorer neighborhoods.