Arkansas Town Plans to Begin Martial Law

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    Arkansas Town Plans to Begin Martial Law

    By: Tad Cronn

    December 20, 2012

    City officials in Paragould, Arkansas, a town of 26,000, are recommending a plan that would enact martial law beginning in 2013.

    The plan, purportedly a response to recent property and violent crimes, would send police into the streets with AR-15 rifles and authorize them to stop anyone in the street and demand to know what they are doing.

    Mayor Mike Gaskill and Police Chief Todd Stovall announced in a town hall meeting last week that the program would begin in the new year:

    “[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.”

    … “We’re going to do it to everybody. … They may not be doing anything but walking their dog but they’re going to have to prove it.”

    The mayor told local reporters that the city’s crime statistics were high eno9ugh to justify the plan, which was cooked up without consulting the city’s attorney...

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