Militarizing the police
Oh, this is reassuring: while Congress is working to take away your “military-style assault” rifle / pistol / shotgun, an Arkansas Mayor and his Police Chief, citing high crime, have decided they can run their very own mini police state.
Good thing we exempt police from any potential gun-control laws Congress is hoping to push through. Because really, what could go wrong?
“[Police are] going to be in SWAT gear and have AR-15s around their neck,” [Police Chief Todd] 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.”
[Paragold Arkansas Mayor Mike] 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.”
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“To ask you for your ID, I have to have a reason,” [Stovall] 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.
This right here is why we need to defend the Second Amendment with our dying breath. There are always those willing to grant themselves permission to abuse power under the guise of doing public good.
If this plan takes effect, Paragold, Arkansas will effectively and officially be a police state in the mold of North Korea. Land of the free? Another useful fiction that we’ll be told we need to surrender for safety and security and the children.
And I bet that gives Police Chief Stovall a giant LEO woody. Which he’ll probably embrace as part of his permanent uniform by decorating it with epaulets and maybe a few very small medals.