Original: Following a rise in violent crime in Paragould, an Arkansas town of around 26,000 residents, the mayor and police chief announced that starting this month police in SWAT gear carrying AR-15s would patrol the streets.
Updated, Jan. 30: According to local news reports, the police department canceled two subsequent town hall meetings to discuss the heavy handed policing plan.
““If you’re out walking, we’re going to stop you, ask why you’re out walking, and check for your ID,” police chief Todd Stovall told a December town hall meeting. As if to render the implementation of a visible police state more palatable, Stovall assured residents that police stops would not be based on any profiling: “We’re going to do it to everybody,” he said.
Paragould currently has 41 sworn in officers and 10 civilian officers, totaling 51. The Paragould Police Department has 16 patrol units with laptop computers that are linked to the Arkansas Crime and Information Center data base and the local system kept by the Police Department.
If you’re out walking, we’re going to stop you, ask why you’re out walking
I guess this would be the time for the Gun Owners to Repel the Tyrannical Government.
Originally posted by snarky412
Testing the waters so to speak, to see how it goes over with the people......
[small town first]
Which, thankfully, they let it be known that they don't like it.