Arkansas Town'S Martial Law Plan

Arkansas Town'S Martial Law Plan

There are 10 comments on the Experience Project story from Feb 11, 2013, titled Arkansas Town'S Martial Law Plan. In it, Experience Project reports that:

Original: Following a rise in violent crime in Paragould, an Arkansas town of around 26,000 residents, the mayor and police chief announced that starting this month police in SWAT gear carrying AR-15s would patrol the streets.

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Since: Aug 10

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#1 Feb 12, 2013
Apparently, someone thought this was worth digging out of the trash can from three months ago.
Maury Shue

United States

#2 Feb 12, 2013
I think the Police Department need to seriously reconsider. Why not watch the neighborhoods more closely? Why threaten the people that the police will be heavily armed? What is your message? Are your police well qualified to enforce martial law? Are they "gun happy?". Keep in mind that you are a paid servant of the citizens of Paragould.

Since: Feb 13

United States

#3 Feb 14, 2013
I won't feel threatened I will feel relieved I live on the east side. I own a concealed carry. So either way I'm ok

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#4 Feb 14, 2013
Maury Shue wrote:
I think the Police Department need to seriously reconsider. Why not watch the neighborhoods more closely? Why threaten the people that the police will be heavily armed? What is your message? Are your police well qualified to enforce martial law? Are they "gun happy?". Keep in mind that you are a paid servant of the citizens of Paragould.
There isn't, and will not be, any institution of martial law. The mayor or police chief mispoke during the announcement of added foot patrols in high crime areas. The media jumped on a quote taken out of context, and have been riding it like a rented mule. Yes, they are carrying AR-15's, but they have been carrying them in their cruisers for years, along with shotguns and everything else you would expect an officer to carry. Like I said, the media has blown this WAY out of proportion.

Since: Feb 13

United States

#5 Feb 14, 2013
I'm glad that the police chief and the mayor care enough to try and save the city.
seqleq

Monessen, PA

#6 Feb 14, 2013
Guest

Paragould, AR

#7 Feb 15, 2013
CJL256 wrote:
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There isn't, and will not be, any institution of martial law. The mayor or police chief mispoke during the announcement of added foot patrols in high crime areas. The media jumped on a quote taken out of context, and have been riding it like a rented mule. Yes, they are carrying AR-15's, but they have been carrying them in their cruisers for years, along with shotguns and everything else you would expect an officer to carry. Like I said, the media has blown this WAY out of proportion.
Neither the police chief nor the mayor ever claimed to have mispoke as far as I know. But it wasn't "a" quote taken out of context, now was it? It was apparently half a dozen quotes. Also, what was this mysterious context? A video game that they are designing? A dream that they had? A novel that they are writing? I would like to know. It was their comments, which they never disputed the accuracy of and reaffirmed over and over, that was WAY out of proportion.

Since: Feb 13

Lampasas, TX

#8 Feb 16, 2013
Guest wrote:
<quoted text>Neither the police chief nor the mayor ever claimed to have mispoke as far as I know. But it wasn't "a" quote taken out of context, now was it? It was apparently half a dozen quotes. Also, what was this mysterious context? A video game that they are designing? A dream that they had? A novel that they are writing? I would like to know. It was their comments, which they never disputed the accuracy of and reaffirmed over and over, that was WAY out of proportion.
According to federal criminal activity reporting is why they have based this decision on. They never stated that they were going to initiate martial law. The stated that the officers would be wearing "swat" vest. Which is a Vest that officers can wear over their outer wear such as shirts and coats. And from there the media blew up saying that paragould was starting martial law. I have spoken to the police chief about this and he assured me that he nor the mayor want martial law in our town. If you would like more information call the mayor office or the police chief. But please do not assume anything simply based upon the media statements. They are full of lies and misquoted information.
Guest

Paragould, AR

#9 Feb 17, 2013
Masonbrannon wrote:
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According to federal criminal activity reporting is why they have based this decision on. They never stated that they were going to initiate martial law. The stated that the officers would be wearing "swat" vest. Which is a Vest that officers can wear over their outer wear such as shirts and coats. And from there the media blew up saying that paragould was starting martial law. I have spoken to the police chief about this and he assured me that he nor the mayor want martial law in our town. If you would like more information call the mayor office or the police chief. But please do not assume anything simply based upon the media statements. They are full of lies and misquoted information.
It was the police chief himself who said that he didn't see a difference between his plan and martial law. He should regret that, but that wasn't the only problem with his plan. It wasn't word games. His plans themselves, as described by him and quoted in the Paragould Daily Press, which apparently you should read in full, were the problem. I will assume that the statements quoted by the Paragould Daily Press are accurate if the public officials never dispute them, if they never once say "I didn't say that," which neither the Police Chief nor the Mayor ever did. They vaguely alluded to the quotes being taken out of context, but that is nonsensical. What was that mysterious ungiven context? A novel that they are writing? A video game that they are designing? A dream that they had? Or the subject of the town hall meeting, which was their proposed response to crime, which they reafirmed in their updated online responses? The issue wasn't what they want, and I can't help it if they had a minor lapse or didn't know what martial law is, but rather what they said that they was going to do. That was the issue. They never denied the words. They never rejected their words. They just danced around them when called out on their rediculousness.
Psyke

Ridgeland, MS

#10 May 26, 2013
I'm from Mississippi , the delta!! And the police do the same thing except there's no martial law. Ion think the mayor should've said it the way he did but wen crime gets high people die and that's what we all don't wanna see.. Jus don't b out late doing nothing you don't suppose to b doing....

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