“Rights? We don’t need no steekin’ rights!”

by Tim Condon

But, hey, you’ll be “safe”! Here’s a report from Paragould, Arkansas, where police SWAT teams will be patrolling the streets and stopping every person they encounter:

“[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.” [Town police chief Todd] Stovall said while some people may be offended by the actions of his department, they should not be.

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

“To ask you for your ID, I have to have a reason,” he said. “Well, I’ve got statistical reasons that say I’ve got a lot of crime right now, which gives me probable cause to ask what you’re doing out. Then when I add that people are scared…then that gives us even more [reason] to ask why are you here and what are you doing in this area.”

Stovall said he did not consult an attorney before announcing his plans to combat crime. He even remained undaunted when comparing his proposed tactics with martial law, explaining that “I don’t know that there’s ever been a difference” between his proposals and martial law.

You can read more about it HERE, with a hat tip to Instapundit.

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  • mer

    I’d just go out without my “papers”, just my dog, perhaps something concealed according to laws of the state, something recording video and audio. They ask, I’ll give them a name, ask “am I being detained” “am I free to go” then ask for them to elucidate a specific reason for detaining me after I’ve identified myself.

    That final paragraph; “Martial law is the imposition of military rule by military authorities over designated regions on an emergency basis.” Police are NOT military, hence there is zero authority for the Police Chief to declare something akin to martial law.

    Lawsuit waiting to happen, unfortunate that the taxpayers will wind up paying for it.

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