Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE sparred with moderator Lester Holt over controversial stop-and-frisk policing practices during Monday night’s presidential debate. 

Asked about tensions between police and minority communities, Trump raised the prospect of implementing stop-and-frisk tactics in cities with high crime because “it worked very well in New York, it brought the crime rate way down.”


Holt followed up, declaring that “stop-and-first was ruled unconstitutional in New York, because it largely singled out black and Hispanic young men.”

“No, you’re wrong,” Trump responded. 

The businessman states the case went before a “very against-police judge” and it was later “taken away from her.”

“And our mayor — our new mayor refused to go forward with the case. They would have won on appeal,” he added. 

“The argument is that it’s a form of racial profiling,” Holt said. 

“No, the argument is we have to take the guns away from these people that have them that are bad people and shouldn’t have them,” Trump said. 

Trump’s call for expanding the practice of stopping and searching people suspected of being involved in crimes has earned plaudits from law-and-order Republicans and police unions. 

But it has upset civil rights groups, who argue that it’s a form of discrimination. 

Trump’s account of what happened with the stop-and-frisk case was mostly accurate. 

U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin in 2013 declared the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk tactic unconstitutional.

Scheindlin argued it violated the constitutional rights of minorities. 

But former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration appealed and a federal appeals court stayed Scheindlin’s ruling, which would have required the NYPD to adopt sweeping changes. 

The court removed her from the case, saying she “compromised the appearance of impartiality surrounding this litigation," and ordered the case to be tried under a new judge. 

Of course, it’s impossible to say how the court would have decided in a new trial.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) later dropped the appeal and he attempted to reduce the use of stop-and-frisk, which was widely used under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

Additionally, NYPD spokesman J. Peter Donald rebuked Trump’s claim that the tactic is key to reducing crime. 

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