It's not the article that makes it appear that Paragould is becoming a police state, it's the statements of the police chief.And the article attached to this thread is slanted to make it look like Paragould is becoming a police state by stating the patrols will be 'heavily armed'.
Of course you would, but you wouldn't stand in the middle of the street beating your chest and screaming about what a badass you are.If I were walking a foot patrol in the middle of the night in the areas where these officers are going to be, bet your last dollar I'd be armed to the teeth.
Yet that's essentially what Stovall did. Like a typical overzealous police asshole he chose to tell us how heavily armed the foot patrols would be and how demanding they would be, then he threatened to arrest people for not showing ID on demand or proving they were doing nothing wrong if they were simply out walking their dog.
Stovall obviously has issues. One wonders whether he's mentally competent to fulfill his duties as police chief. I hope the city has a good insurance policy. They going to need it when the lawsuits are filed.