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FACT: One American City Moving Toward Martial Law In 2013, Approved Video

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The town of Paragould, Arkansas confirmed that it will allow officers to patrol the streets with assault rifles. Officers willl also be allowed to request identification from citizens in an attempt to combat a rise in crime.

The mayor and police chief say the initiative will start in 2013.

Stovall insists that constitutional quibbles over probable cause don’t apply, because the “crisis” justifies imposition of a city-wide curfew and garrison state measures.

 Todd Stovall “Once I have stats and people are saying they’re scared, we can do this. It allows us to do what we’re fixing to do.”

Stovall says he plans for officers also to stop and ask people for ID even without any reason for stopping them.

“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.”

What Stovall and his fellow tax-feeders are “fixing to do” is to leave the city’s streets clotted with SWAT operators toting AR-15s and official permission to harass anybody who comes within eyeshot.

The marauders “are going to be in SWAT gear and have AR-15s around their neck,” grunted Stovall at a town hall meeting held last Thursday at the West View Baptist Church. “If you’re out walking, we’re going to stop you, ask why you’re out walking, check for your ID.”

“We’re going to do it to everybody,” Stovall explained, anticipating objections. “Criminals don’t like being talked to.”

The same is true of citizens, of course — but like most members of his paramilitary tribe, Stovall divides the world between enlightened agents of State “authority” such as himself and the Mundane population, which is to be intimidated into submission.

Stovall insists that constitutional quibbles over probable cause don’t apply, because the “crisis” justifies imposition of a city-wide curfew and garrison state measures.

Mayor Mike Gaskill, Police Chief Todd Stovall, and Cpl. Brad Snyder Image courtesy of fellowshipofminds.

Paragould historically has a very high burglary rate, but the violent crime rate is substantially below the national average: In 2010, the last year for which stats are available, there wasn’t a single murder in the town of roughly 26,000 people. But political elites and their enforcers are adept at manufacturing fears, and the bullet-headed militarist who heads the police department — and appears to be building his own little private army — assumes that government derives its “just” powers from whatever fears it can instill and exploit in its subjects. From Lew Rockwell Blog

UPDATE: The news coverage has prompted a statement from police defending its plans and announces town hall meetings this week.

Update #2  STOP THE POLICE STATE NOW!!!!!!  From Josh B

As America is trying to grasp the shootings of young children in one small town.

The government is about to start Marshall law in another small town with just over 26,000 in population. The crime rate there has sky rocketed and the citizen are fearful for there life.

Well that is what they want you to think. I did just a little looking up on the town of Paragould, AR in 2002 the city was booming with work, unemployment rate was less than 4%(1) and was rated the safest place to live in Arkansas (2).

Now what happened in just 10 years you must ask. Well we all know that money is harder to come by and does not go as far as it use to.

I looked at the unemployment rate for Paragould, 7 years after they were the safest place to live in Arkansas and to my surprise it rose up to 12.2%(1) with 17.99% of the town is now making less the 15,000 per year and with little to no job growth(3).

So what are they to do with no job nor money?

Lets look at the crime reports as of 2010

(4) Aggravated Assault 63, Arson 5, Burglary 526, Forcible Rape 15, Larceny and Theft 1,164, Motor Vehicle Theft 64, Murder and Manslaughter 0 ?yes none?, Robbery 8, only 86 of these were violent crimes 1,754 were property crimes.

You see the point the people are committing non violent crime to survive.

No that is not acceptable but they jobs not a Police State.

But, what is truly not acceptable is the Mayor Mike Gaskill and the Police Chief Todd Stovall want to impose Marshall Law on it citizens for non violent crimes ,that is what they told its citizens in a town hall meeting.

Stovall told the group “Police are going to be in SWAT gear and have AR-15s around their neck, and If you’re out walking, we’re going to stop you, ask why you’re out walking, check for your ID.” (What right do they have to do that?) He went on to say that “We’re going to do it to everybody,

Criminals don’t like being talked to”(Wow every citizen is a criminal now!!!) “They may not be doing anything but walking their dog,” he said. “But they’re going to have to prove it.” (If you see the dog and a leash is that proof enough that you are walking your dog or is that a new probable cause to violate your rights.)

(5) After that meeting there was to be 2 more Town meeting before this took into effect and In a statement on PPD’s website, the department said the town hall events were canceled in the interest of public safety.

(6) Was it the public safety or yours you worry about? With all this said Why as American Citizens are we standing by and letting them do this to a small town. Oh I know why. Don’t worry its not your town. {WELL NOT YET}

(1)https://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=z1ebjpgk2654c1_&met_y=unemployment_rate&idim=city%3ACT051005&fdim_y=seasonality%3AU&dl=en&hl=en&q=paragould+arkansas+unemployment%2F
(2)http://www.paragouldpolice.org/#
(3)http://www.bestplaces.net/economy/city/arkansas/paragould
(4)http://www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/arkansas/paragould.html#.UNIJ5OSunMK
(5)http://www.paragoulddailypress.com/articles/2012/12/15/top_story/doc50cbbb312e241511092932.txt
(6)http://www.paragoulddailypress.com/articles/2012/12/18/top_story/doc50d08e9fb2588217300183.txt

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    • westside prepper

      sounds like nazi germany to me

    • Anonymous

      “… the people are committing non violent crime to survive.”

      That seems to me a reasonable conclusion. The value on money took a severe drop in a short time, meaning that everyone got their pay cut. The people who desperately needed a raise and weren’t making it on what they had suddenly had less. They have to make it up somehow, and a few chose non-violent crime. It sounds to me as though this cop saw a chance for a power grab (why not – the rest of the government is doing it right?) and decided to treat it as though it was all VIOLENT crime. That way they get to stop anyone any time for any or no reason and hassle them unmercifully. No doubt insufficient grovelling can be charged as a crime of some sort. or it will be. I don’t remember seeing ANY such thing in the Constitution, though. So the Constitution in in effect – unless a cop says it isn’t? I don’t think so, and I DO think the City had better get together and take this police force to court before they make THAT illegal too!

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

      Prove it how?? If walking around with a dog isn’t proof enough, what does he want? For that matter, if they’re walking in a public place, or driving or riding a bicycle or whatever, and they’ve done nothing wrong, these wannabe SS Nazis have NO LEGAL REASON to stop them and hassle them, period. The crime rate having gone up – especially considering that it’s a reasonable response to hard times – is NOT reason enough to turn a place into the Fourth Reich! Again, there needs to be a meeting between citizens and perhaps a mayor who might need to find another job, along with a power0hungry police chief.

      “In a statement on PPD’s website, the department said the town hall events were canceled in the interest of public safety.”

      Bullfeathers – they cancelled it in the interest of POWER and the fact that a meeting where logic and reason prevailed might cause them to lose this power increase before they were able to consolidate it! There is no conceivable detriment to public safety in having that meeting, and I can see no gain to anything but that power grab in NOT having it! This needs to be nipped in the bud, FAST! Remember who’s paying the bills there, folks! YOU are paying the salaries of these aspiring bullies, and it will only get worse from here once it really starts! You’ve already been told your opinion is worth nothing. Let them get away with it, and you may as well ask where they’re going to build the camps and what color start you’re supposed to wear…

      Ian

    • Anonymous

      First, it’s “martial” law, from martial as in military. And what is it with these bullet-headed, overweight thugs who think that just because they want absolute control over everyone and everything around them, they can dump the Constitution out the window?? This place needs to fire these idiots – every last one! Hell, arm the Boy Scouts – they’d do a better job! The ignorance of my fellow Americans is utterly ASTOUNDING to me! This kind of idiocy has GOT to be fixed, and fast! it’s exactly the kind of thing that spreads like the cancer it is.

      Ian

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