Last week, U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled against proponents New York City’s stop-and-frisk searches finding that the policy violates the constitutional rights of minorities. The city had since appealed that ruling.

The ruling was a topic for debate on this weekend’s broadcast of “The McLaughlin Group.” Real estate tycoon and media mogul Mort Zuckerman reminded viewers of New York City before the controversial policy was in place and attributed it to the city’s dramatic drop in crime.

Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?,”derided the ruling and said that even though it’s profiling, it’s only a logical step in the process of fighting crime.