PPD Chief Todd Stovall said armed officers in SWAT gear would soon be patrolling city streets in high crime areas, going as far as asking people walking down the street for identification and a reason for their presence.

Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill announced that local police are considering an armed task force to patrol streets in Paragould, Arkansas.
Paragould Daily Press reported:

In response to a recent increase in crime, Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill and Police Chief Todd Stovall offered residents at a town hall meeting Thursday night at West View Baptist Church what could be considered an extreme solution — armed officers patrolling the streets on foot.

Stovall told the group of almost 40 residents that beginning in 2013, the department would deploy a new street crimes unit to high crime areas on foot to take back the streets.

“[Police are] going to be in SWAT gear and have AR-15s around their neck,” Stovall said. “If you’re out walking, we’re going to stop you, ask why you’re out walking, check for your ID.”

Stovall said while some people may be offended by the actions of his department, they should not be.

“We’re going to do it to everybody,” he said. “Criminals don’t like being talked to.”

Gaskill backed Stovall’s proposed actions during Thursday’s town hall.

“They may not be doing anything but walking their dog,” he said. “But they’re going to have to prove it.”

Stovall said the foot patrols would begin on the east side of town and would eventually snake into the Pecan Grove area.

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  1. Don’t they do this sort of thing in all turd world country’s Obama is fine with this crap.

  2. Stovall said while some people may be offended by the actions of his department, they should not be.

    “We’re going to do it to everybody,” he said.

    Is it OK if I sock you in the eye as long as I promise to sock everyone in the eye?

  3. Little short on Constitutional law, aren’t they?

    Best they teach these jackboots to lie. Stopping without probable cause is not allowed. Stopping someone “moving furtively” is, or “being unnaturally disinterested in the police presence” is as well, when properly articulated.

  4. “[Police are] going to be in SWAT gear and have AR-15s around their neck,” Stovall said. “If you’re out walking, we’re going to stop you, ask why you’re out walking, check for your ID.”

    Going overboard.

    If this “solution” was offered up to the residents, the appropriate response is to reject it.

  5. All proceeding as Glenn Beck predicted a couple of years ago.

  6. This will last until somebody knowledgeable points out how quickly this can get expensive when all the section 1983 federal lawsuits are filed.

  7. I’d tell them to go p*ss up a rope and continue walking.

  8. They ought to raid the psychiatrists’ offices first and find out who they have on on psycho-inducing meds.

  9. Cue outrage from the ACLU in …….

  10. Wait for it. You will see Os uniformed task force assigned in every city, town, corner, neighborhood across this nation. Hold onto your seats people this is getting crazier by the day. If you think you seen it all, wait, you seen nothing yet. Unless people start to stand up to this, you will be overrun by the very people you employ. You will be told where you can walk, when you can walk, what side of the street you can walk on and what time you must go home. If this is the nation you care to live under and what your sweat is willing to pay for then so be it. But, this is NOT the nation, given birth by the founding fathers. They saw a vision of freedom not enslavement, dictatorship. You have traded your very rights of freedom for false sense of security. May the lord watch over you and yours and bless you during this most unpredictable time of great unknown…Peace !!!!!

  11. Personally I think police units such as SWAT teams armed and trained along military lines violates the posse comitatus prohibition. Ever notice a SWAT raid is no different from a military raid beginning with the no knock entry? For some heavily armed criminals such as fugitive murderers and escaped convicts this is justified but it has become too common, as in crime ridden areas and domestic disturbances which do not require a military type response. It’s like using a hammer on a fly.

  12. OT

    Attorney General Secretly Granted Gov. Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on Innocent Americans

    In a secret government agreement granted without approval or debate from lawmakers, the U.S. attorney general recently gave the National Counterterrorism Center sweeping new powers to store dossiers on U.S. citizens, even if they are not suspected of a crime, according to a news report.

    Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder granted the center the ability to copy entire government databases holding information on flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and other data, and to store it for up to five years, even without suspicion that someone in the database has committed a crime, according to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story.

    Whereas previously the law prohibited the center from storing data compilations on U.S. citizens unless they were suspected of terrorist activity or were relevant to an ongoing terrorism investigation, the new powers give the center the ability to not only collect and store vast databases of information but also to trawl through and analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior in order to uncover activity that could launch an investigation.

    The changes granted by Holder would also allow databases containing information about U.S. citizens to be shared with foreign governments for their own analysis.

    [....................]

    http://patdollard.com/2012/12/attorney-general-secretly-granted-gov-ability-to-develop-and-store-dossiers-on-innocent-americans/

  13. This is the choice of Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill and police chief Todd Stovall and NOT the Obama administration. This is also nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction that will ultimately lead to increased police brutality and potentially the loss of innocent life at the hands of some trigger-happy police “cowboy”.

  14. Yeah, that’s the way the New Black Panthers of Philadelphia provide ‘security’ for their elections offices. You sure it’s a good idea?

  15. # 16
    airon-later commented:

    “This is the choice of Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill and police chief Todd Stovall and NOT the Obama administration.”

    We will see how long it lasts, If Sherriff Joe Arpaio did this, Eric Holder would file suit within days. If this goes forward, then we will know it has the blessings of “Obama the Tyrrant”.

  16. Sorry chief this not a police state. people have rights and you can’t just decide to violate them. do a better job of policing your city and it won’t have to come to this.

  17. Confiscating the guns of the citizens will be the next move For our own safety. NOT! If these regressive commicrats want to live in a full blown military state in which the citizens have no rights, hie your stupid asses to a country that’s already like that. And leave us the fluke alone.



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