At this point, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has nothing to lose. Crime is so rampant in his city that it’s hard to believe it could get any worse. He doesn’t have an election to win; due in large part to his failures to rein in gun violence, he will not be running for reelection. At this point, he should be willing to take whatever help is offered.
Nevertheless, he rejected advice from the President of the United States.
President Trump recommended the use of “stop and frisk” in Chicago, a practice that some attribute to helping New York City bring down their crime rate. Emanuel declined to accept the suggestion.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel rejects President Donald Trump’s call for Chicago police to use stop-and-frisk tactics
The president said he wanted officials to “work with local authorities to try to change the terrible deal the city of Chicago entered into with ACLU, which ties law enforcement’s hands, and to strongly consider stop-and-frisk.”
“It works, and it was meant for problems like Chicago,” Trump said. “It was meant for it. Stop-and-frisk. And Rudy Giuliani, when he was mayor of New York City, had a very strong program of stop-and-frisk, and it went from an unacceptably dangerous city to one of the safest cities in the country and I think the safest big city in the country. So it works.”
At this point, Chicago needs drastic action. It is spiraling out of control with a citizenry that is not allowed to defend itself while also having a criminal element that’s armed to the teeth.
If they’re serious about getting guns off the street, they need to find the guns that criminals are carrying. The easiest way to do this is stop-and-frisk.