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Donald Trump stops in Chester Township, Pa., Thursday for a rally in the battleground state. Hillary Clinton maintains a lighter schedule heading into the first debate next week.

  • Donald Trump faces his first questions over controversies involving his foundation and "birther" comments
  • Mike Pence says there's "far too much talk" about racism and policing.
  • Trump wants to expand stop-and-frisk policies despite concerns that the policies are racially discriminatory
  • Meanwhile, Trump orders a cheese steak from a Philadelphia restaurant with controverisal past
  • Hillary Clinton wonders, "Why aren't I 50 points ahead, you might ask?"

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warns Donald Trump to 'be careful' when suggesting stop-and-frisk

 (Seth Wenig / Associated Press)
(Seth Wenig / Associated Press)

The key pillar of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's mayoral run was to end stop-and-frisk policing, and now he has a message for Donald Trump: Be careful. 

"Donald Trump talks about stop-and-frisk like he knows the facts," De Blasio, a supporter of Hillary Clinton, said Thursday on CNN. “He should really be careful because if we reinstituted stop-and-frisk all over this country, you'd see a lot more tension between police and communities."

The Republican presidential nominee said Wednesday he supported stop-and-frisk tactics in black communities as a way to lower crime rates. Trump's comments come as protests have erupted from North Carolina to Oklahoma in the wake of police shootings of black men. 

On Thursday, however, Trump sought to clarify the remarks, saying it was not necessarily a nationwide policy but one that could work in Chicago, a city plagued by ongoing gun violence.

In 2013, De Blasio's campaign for mayor was centered on ending stop-and-frisk, which gained traction in New York under two former mayors, Rudolph W. Giuliani, now a top Trump surrogate, and Michael R. Bloomberg, a fierce Trump critic. But prior to De Blasio entering office, a federal judge ruled that New York's stop-and-frisk policy had violated the rights of minorities and ordered it to end. 

study from the New York Civil Liberties Union found that blacks and Latinos were disproportionately stopped by police from 2002 until 2013 under the stop-and-frisk policy. Few had committed any crimes.

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