From the Are You Fucking Kidding Me files: 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."
So let's recap: If you are doing something suspicious like walking in public, police have a reasonable suspicion you are a criminal and you may be stopped and questioned. I've not researched this but what are the odds that the area in question is populated mostly by black or brown people? I can assure you I'd be out walking and would absolutely refuse to provide any ID for anything whatsoever. I would also sue the pants off the city, the department and the chief personally.
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