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There isn’t a lot to do in Paragould, Arkansas, but residents of the town of barely 25,000 seem to have no problem finding trouble. Now in order to curb the rising crime rate, the city is proposing heavily armed police patrol the streets on foot.
At a town hall meeting on Thursday, Mayor Mike Gaskill and Police Chief Todd Stovall endorsed a plan to send cops dressed in full-fledged SWAT gear and equipped with AR-15s into downtown Paragould starting in 2013.
"They may not be doing anything but walking their dog," added Mayor Gaskill, "but they're going to have to prove it." and "This fear is what's given us the reason to do this. Once I have stats and people saying they're scared, we can do this," Stovall said, according to the Paragould Daily Press. "It allows us to do what we're fixing to do.""
The AR-15 and police work is nothing new. Our Street Crimes Unit will not be wearing them constantly. That would be impractical. As we have stated in our meetings, our main purpose of mentioning this was to prepare our residents in the event that they saw an officer armed with one. When our officers deploy into areas where there is the potential for contacting several subjects in a high-crime area, that is when the potential deployment of AR-15's will occur.
Originally posted by SPECULUM
Its called Acclimation, and Once you are acclimatized, thats when they will start doing door to door sweeps
Originally posted by kozmo
Keep in mind, there is no law that may be written that requires you to show identification. You are protected equally under the 4th Amendment right to privacy and securing in your papers, person and effects and the 5th Amendment right to not self incriminate and remain silent.