09-27-2016, 03:59 PM
Looking at a transcript of the debate, we have the following quote:
This suggests to me that he was indeed speaking of stop and frisk as conducted by the NYPD, which was ruled unconstitutional. He specifically uses NYC as an example of stop and frisk being used "effectively." This was before Holt's followup where he specifically cited it being ruled unconstitutional in New York, to be clear. Trump seems to know some of the specifics of the case, so I would HOPE he'd know the details given that he's running for POTUS. It would be even more alarming to me if someone who's pushing for stop and frisk so adamantly doesn't know the details of a ruling that happened in his own city.
I don't think it's incorrect to say Trump was wrong about this, even if there's more meat to it. Just referring back to the transcript, this exchange is enough to rule him wrong: