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Police in Arkansas to Implement New Strategy to Stop Street Crime

PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - An increase in street crime has led Paragould Police Chief Todd Stovall to plan a new unit of officers who will patrol on foot and may randomly ask residents for identification.

Mayor Mike Gaskill and Stovall attended a Thursday night meeting with about 40 residents and told them that the officers will use foot patrols in neighborhoods with high crime rates.

The Paragould Daily Press reports Stovall said the officers will be clad in protective gear and carry AR-15 rifles. Stovall says that if officers see people on the street, they'll ask why they are out and ask to see identification.

Source: AP. Read full article. (link)

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  • Sagus||

    Because I can be outside?

  • Shmurphy||

    Typical commie response.

  • Restoras||

    Nice night for a walk?

  • Lord at War||

    "Fuck you, that's why!"

  • IceTrey||

    Wait a minute, the story doesn't say "demanding", it' says "asking". The cops are free to ask you anything and you are free to tell them to fuck off.

  • ||

    Just don't make a "furtive gesture" like breathing while telling them to fuck off, or they'll fear for their lives and have no other choice than to open fire with their rifles, which will no doubt be rather closer to an M-16 in specifications than a civilian AR-15.

  • Robert||

    For an instant I thought it said "a meeting with all 40 residents".