Community leaders worried Stop and Frisk could go national in Trump's America

As President-elect Donald Trump continues to build his administration community leaders in Detroit disagree with his choice for attorney general - Sen. Jeff Sessions.

Critics say because of his record they believe if he becomes the next AG he could support Trump's efforts to enact the practice of  "Stop and Frisk" on a federal level. Stop and Frisk is when police stop and confront who they believe to be a suspicious person, pat them down and question the person. New York city's police use the practice but has reduced its frequency.

"Stop and frisk didn't work and we know it didn't work," said Detroit City Councilwoman Janee Ayers. "If we have to think about it on a federal level how much more dangerous can we get?"

Some believe this could result in more people of color being stopped by police.

"We see how Stop and Frisk played out in New York and now to take this across the entire nation this is just going to refill the prison system back up," said Nickolas Buckingham, of A Nation Outside.

Others believe it could spark violence on police officers.

"I think there will be more attacks on police officers," said Rev. W. J. Rideout, activist. "Or innocent police officers getting killed for the sake of bad cops and then there are going to be more blacks and Hispanics being pulled over."

As activists continue to plan their fight a local politician says there are no needs for concerns.

"This type of Stop and Frisk Trump has been discussed by President-elect Trump, does not have the racial overtones and it discusses probable cause," said Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski. "It's not about race or putting one group above another."

But these community leaders say they are not willing to take a chance and want Mr. Trump to find another selection for AG.

"We are concerned because we know what the president-elect has stated throughout the campaign in reference to law and order and Stop and Frisk issues we have dealt with throughout the years," said Willie Bell, Detroit Board of Police Commissioners.

And these leaders say they don't want to go back in time

"It's going to go back to the '50s and '60s," Rideout said. "And that's why we need to stop now and send our message."


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