White House dismisses Trump's call to expand stop-and-frisk

White House dismisses Trump's call to expand stop-and-frisk
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The White House on Thursday rejected Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE’s proposal to expand the use of stop-and-frisk to stem violence in African-American communities. 

Press secretary Josh Earnest pointed to the recommendations of a White House policing task force when asked for a response to Trump’s plan.


“Expanding and doubling down on stop-and-frisk policies is not among the suggestions, I think for obvious reasons,” Earnest said.

The GOP standard-bearer has long been a proponent of the controversial policy, which allows police officers to search people if they have a reasonable suspicion that they are involved in a crime. 

The practice was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2013, who said it was a form of racial profiling. And it has long been a point of contention between police and black communities. 

Without naming him, Earnest suggested that Trump is "playing politics" with criminal justice issues. 

He questioned why a politician who is "so dogmatic" about protecting gun rights would be "rather cavalier" about protections against illegal search and seizure.

Trump’s proposal has roiled the national debate over policing at a tumultuous time.

Riots erupted in Charlotte, N.C., after police shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott. In Tulsa, Okla., video showed officers gunning down Terence Crutcher, who had his hands up at the time. Both Scott and Crutcher were black men.

Earnest said that Obama called North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Thursday to offer support for law enforcement trying to quell the violence there.

The call follows conversations on Wednesday with the mayors of both Charlotte and Tulsa. 

Earnest said Obama believes protesters in Charlotte have “legitimate concerns” about “inequities in our criminal justice system … that in many cases break down along racial lines.”

But he also urged demonstrators to refrain from using violence and for police to respect the rights of protesters. 

“The president also hopes that the rights of peaceful protests should be protected," Earnest said. 

"But he believes it also should be made clear that the protests must remain peaceful and they should not be used as an excuse to engage in vandalism or violence.”