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Police State Comes to Arkansas

"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."


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I feel for the citizens of this place.

Their locals are statists too. (It would have made far more sense to deputize law abiding citizens.)

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Any link to cite this

Any link to cite this outrageous crime spree?
I'm curious what caused this.

Southern Agrarian


My parents just moved to Paragould this past weekend, and my sister and I, who are going to continue staying in GA for school, are staying with them for the holiday. So here I was, just scrolling through the DP front page and I see the headline, Police State Comes to Arkansas. 'hmm, interesting,' I thought. Then I clicked on it and, wham, I see Paragould! Bonkers! Can't wait to tell my parentals about this, seeing as they probably don't know about it.

PS. I find the idea of police in swat gear patrolling the streets and stopping people walking their dogs more disconcerting than the crime itself.

"There is no creature on earth half so terrifying as a truly just man."- Varys

"Winter is coming."-House Stark

"police in swat gear

"police in swat gear patrolling the streets and stopping people" - that is crime. It's an armed unaccountable individual infringing upon the liberty of another individual with the threat of death for non-compliance.

Paragould police officer

Paragould police officer Chris Bunch is a member of Oath Keepers and he posted this letter in the Oath Keepers group on Facebook today:

Chris Bunch
As a member & TREMENDOUS suppoter of this group, I am asking at this time for "watchful" eyes from ALL of you who are concerned for the *INTREGRITY* of threats (specifically), on our members!!! I work for the Paragould Police Department and *consisitently* put "myself out there", in regards to my personal post, which are ALWAYS in FULL DEFENSE of our citizen's freedoms & rights, which can be viewed on my page at ANY time!
Recently, my Chief (Todd Stovall), who is also a military veteran, has come "under fire" from MANY angles, which are being taken COMPLETELY out of context. We have been currently feasted on in this region by a rash of crime, which has put the citizens on notice, as well as greatly alarmed (as it SHOULD). Chief Stovall, attempting to be *TRANSPARENT* & vigilant on the c
itizens behalf, was addressing this issue recently, when he was not represented in a way, which was in ANY course of his agenda!!!!!!!!!! I moved here specifically, to work for this man, as I knew he felt the same as I, about the Constitutional Rights of American Citizens!!!
He was simply letting folks know, to not *be alarmed* if they noticed we were a little more observable, from a tactical point of view, in regards to addressing CRIMINALS! In attempting to *COMMUNICATE* clearly this department's motives, he was ATTACKED without cause. I am sincerely asking each of you to be mindful of *supposed WHISTLE BLOWERS* infiltrating or underminding what our GREATEST cause here is... KEEPING OUR OATH, TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION of The United States of America. Some of us are attempting to do this, as we wear the badge, some of you from the military. Regardless, we can NOT allow our members or the departments they work for to be misrepresented!!! While Chief Stovall may not be an active member of this group, he believes EVERY BIT in defending these Rights for which we would give our very lives for! WARNING, to those of you who "lump" ALL of law enforcement together... this attitude is completely UNACCEPTABLE, as I am a citizen 1st and an Officer 2nd!!!!!!!!!!
Please, don't be "sheep" concerning this matter! Divide and conquer is what our enemy knows all too well how to bring about!!! Don't let this happen, as now we are receiving *THREATS* on officers, who want NOTHING MORE than to take *CRIMINALS* off our streets. Although I am speaking for our department, as well as our Chief, I accept FULL responsibilty for this letter, as I was not approached or asked to write it!

Sincerely, Oathkeeper Chris Bunch

Some of his comments on the thread posted in Oath Keepers concerning this story:

Chris Bunch ~ Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness IS what is on the line here for many, which CANNOT defend themselves!!! We are represented from the Air Force to the Marine Corps to the Coast Guard at this department!!! I have not met ONE officer or received any directive to contradict the Constitution or Bill of Rights, BOTH of which I keep in my patrol unit!!!

Chris Bunch ~ I definitely UNDERSTAND anyone's suspicions of government motives at THIS time in American History, BUT I stay *extremely* aware of my associations from friendships, church or work!!! As I said in one letter, I would have ALREADY resigned, if I smelled one hint of Socialist activities!!!!!!!!!! We are simply attempting to ensure the "breathing room" of the citizens from the criminal element, which has chosen our city to inhabit & devour! From young people to older, they give *NO QUARTER* & we MUST do something & believe me, it's Constitutional when "observed" in context!!! Words ARE being *MANIPULATED*...

Chris Bunch ~ Because you do NOT have ALL the facts Sir... one conversation with any of my co workers or family would INDICATE quickly, what I think of GOVERNMENT CONTROL!!! Words games are being played, don't get "played" into them is all I ask... thank you!!!

Chris Bunch ~ Yes Sir Jacob Weinberg, across the ENTIRE city, people are constantly asking me how they themselves and our department are going to combat the crime!I do not hesitate in advising them how to defend themselves (AS WELL AS THEIR RIGHT TO)!!! The "non criminal" citizens have NO problem with us being pro active!!! Only, the confused have been concerned (RIGHTFULLY SO), but the criminal element is all that is being targeted! If that is a problem... we are DONE as a nation.

Chris Bunch ~ That PHOTO [tank and swat team featured in RT] is NOT from our department... so, what does THAT tell you about "spinning" the TRUTH??? We do NOT own anything remotely close to this & our officers on SWAT purchase most of their own equipment, as they have CHILDREN to protect & drug houses to raid!!! Warren Johnson, do NOT assume ANYTHING of law enforcement & how to "clean up' drug infested neighborhoods until you become an officer or ride with one for several weeks!!!!!!!!!! I took the OATH before I EVER got in this group and MEANT IT!!! Don't expose your ignorance again with *ASSUMING* anything about us or our policies. I am here, you are there, enough said.

Chris Bunch ~ Thank you friend & for the "record', my STAND has cost me professionally at another department... so I have proved I am not bowing the knee to Gestapo tactics, now or EVER!!! I do understand your concerns, as I would be a fool to trust the motives or agenda of every law enforcement officer!!! I just happen know the pulse of this department, well enough to know we are NOT going to violate the Constitution. Just hurt the feelings of some thugs, who have "encamped" our poor city!!!!!!!!!!

Chris Bunch ~ Yes Sir, the days are here where law enforcement may very well *DEPEND* on citizens for immediate back up! Which wouldn't hurt my feelings at all!!! Carry brother, carry...

Blessings )o(

Just goes to show that any NAZI

can sign the Oath Keepers pledge.

I'm a bit confused...

As to the agenda. As an academic, I've questioned for years the blurring of the mission statement of sworn law enforcement officers, which is to protect and serve, to officers dressing as SWAT military ninja turtles with the military mission being search and destroy. Where does one mission end and the other begin?

To clarify, sworn officers of the law have to have reasonable suspicion that a civilian is involved in criminal activity before they can demand a civilian show identification, regardless of the uniform the sworn officer of the law is wearing.

If I've misread your posts, I apologize. I'm the mother of a sworn law enforcement officer, and I have a graduate degree in criminal justice. I'd be interested in your comments.

Lovely. Statistics are still not "probable cause."

Please have the Constitution loving officer retract that statement, and it's all good.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

This is the Real Concern

I live very close to Paragould, and I can tell you that the line in this article that everyone should be focusing on is this:

"The only people who are really going to be impacted by this are mostly the unknowns," Gaskill said."

That is the essence of the Northeast Arkansas legal system. If you are a good ole boy, you can get by with murder. Literally! It's happened. Ask anyone from this area. The police and courts are corrupt, and you have no way to defend yourself. The judges back the cops and prosecutors. People here still believe the cops are almost always right. As long as they leave the "important people" alone, no one will blink and eye. In fact, they'll probably go around telling everyone what a great job the police are doing.


Try reading the comments, you'll get a better understanding of the mindset of people in this area. Warning: You may feel ill after reading them.

The Good Ole Boy

The good ole boy mentality is not limited to small towns America. It runs rampant throughout this country in cities large and small and in governments local, state and federal.

Good ole boy land, for sure.

I was new, tried to get my car inspected. It failed, broken taillight cover. I bought some of that red tape and went back, not good enough. I went back to work (out of time on lunch) very frustrated, I did not have time or money to play around with this. A coworker's husband was the county judge. He took my car and came back in 10 minutes, with my free sticker.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

I understand

When we used to have to get ours inspected, the guy at the station in our town would slap a sticker on anything as long as you'd pay him. He later became the mayor. Go figure.

Front page of website at 3:20 EST:

Top Story:

PPD cancels town hall events

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 12:05 PM CST

Paragould police have canceled the remaining two town hall meetings that had been planned to discuss crime in Paragould after extensive public outcry over the department’s controversial proposal to lower the crime rate.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

I hope the police state takes note.

The people have had enough.

I hope the above comment is true, and that this is really a good guy whose mouth got ahead of his brain. But statistics are not probable cause, they are profiling. This was total BS.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.


I lived near there and worked in the local ER! If those people choose to live that way, I guess they can. But, I saw much worse emergencies, gunshot wounds,etc, in the delta area, Blytheville, West Memphis, West Helena. (Mostly black on black crime.)

I also was harassed by a local police officer trying to flex his muscle! I shut him down with a "yes mas'sa" response! I learned how to defuse situations, long before leaving college! I especially, will not be moving back to Arkansas, if this is what their idea of freedom is! At least they are a CCW state. What happens when they come up on a "civilian" walking with a CC weapon?

Bad move, Paragould!

A mass boycott

and exodus from that town is in order. Boycott ANYTHING infrastructure, any stores, bars, churches, gas stations, and ultimately, move. Destroy their tax base. Mayor shit-lips will undoubtedly realize his 'error', but will have destroyed his career in the process. Also, the police won't have anyone to police but themselves, until their paychecks start bouncing.


Get out of Dodge

I would move from a place like that quickly. How could you ever trust the place after something like this?


I don't know....

It's getting pretty creepy nearly everywhere.

I don't take issue with a community

having a neighborhood beat cop. I do have a problem with this: "If you're out walking, we're going to stop you, ask why you're out walking, check for your ID."

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Statistics being "probable cause" is a problem, too.

"Profiling" is what you call it.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

Police state strides forward

Here is a great article on the reality we face:

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sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Is Canada becoming a police

Is Canada becoming a police state too? I don't know myself since I don't pay attention to the politics in other countries. I'm too busy trying to take care of my own backyard.

Blessings )o(

You are in fact busy

For as soon as you logged in here all my 4 articles and the video I posted this day was down-voted.

Your busy ways just give me more energy to post quality material here.
I know you and your troll friends got upset that 7 of my posts were front paged here on DP in just the last 4 days.

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

I don't care enough about you

I don't care enough about you to troll your posts. Duh. I have no idea what you get front paged and honestly do my best to avoid your idiotic posts and won't even drive traffic to this site anymore because of you. I'm thrilled you got voted down, but it wasn't me. Get over yourself. You think you're so dam important that I'd waste my time following you around the DP? LMAO! I comment when I see you post something so stupid that it ruins the entire thread for me when I'm reading it. In the case above, you were again pretending that you are an American and lumping yourself in with the good people who live and WORK here in the United States. Worry about your own backyard up there in Toronto Canada and mind your own business when it comes to my country.

Blessings )o(

thanks so much for the info!


Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html

Another Push to Restrict the Freedoms of the American People

The article went on to say the mayor and the police chief were backing off on the announcement they would be invading the privacy of innocent civilians:

' . . . On Friday, however, Gaskill retreated from the severity of the plan he and Stovall offered to citizens at the town hall. "The only people who are really going to be impacted by this are mostly the unknowns," Gaskill said.'

If the citizens of Paragould, Arkansas are experiencing a high level of crime, they need to procure firearms, learn how and when to use them, maintain them and store them safely.

Despite the 'Protect and Serve' propaganda, cops don't protect you and they don't prevent crime. It's the responsibility of the American people to do that.

To do otherwise is to invite the inevitable tyranny of a police state into your lives.