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Mayor’s spokesman: Trump ‘clueless,’ wrong on stop-and-frisk

October 8, 2018
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, as he heads to Marine One for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base. Trump is traveling to Florida for the day. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

CHICAGO (AP) — A spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called President Donald Trump “clueless” for reviving criticism of Chicago and encouraging more stop-and-frisks by police.

Trump told a police chiefs convention in Orlando on Monday that he’d order his attorney general to send officials “to help straighten out the terrible shooting wave” in Chicago. Trump also blasted a deal Chicago reached with the American Civil Liberties Union to curb stop-and-frisk procedures.

Emanuel spokesman Matt McGrath says “even someone as clueless” as Trump has to realize the solution to crime isn’t as simple as stop-and-frisk. McGrath also notes that Chicago’s homicide rate is falling.

Chicago-based ACLU official Karen Sheley says Trump has encouraged strong-arm tactics by police and the “solutions to violence in Chicago are not going to come from Donald Trump.”

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