SWAT cops to ask for IDs from everyon...

SWAT cops to ask for IDs from everyone in Arkansas town

There are 22 comments on the Russia Taday story from Dec 17, 2012, titled SWAT cops to ask for IDs from everyone in Arkansas town. In it, Russia Taday reports that:

A blogger from Baltimore, Maryland captivated Internet audiences around the world Saturday evening by broadcasting his stand-off with a local SWAT team over the Web.

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#22 Dec 19, 2012
CJL256 wrote:
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'.
It's not the article that makes it appear that Paragould is becoming a police state, it's the statements of the police chief.
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.
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.

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.

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#23 Dec 20, 2012
They have backed off of the "arrest anyone refusing to provide identification" policy a little. Besides, most of the people that will be targeted with this, the police already know on sight. The goal is not to arrest anyone that doesn't provide ID. If that person is just out at that time of night, they may see something that might be useful to the PD. The foot patrol officer can't be everywhere, anymore than the cruiser can. The stop just gives them a contact name to check later. It also lets the thieves and crack-heads know that there are other people they have to watch out for besides the police. The guy walking his dog may not arrest him, but he can get a description.
I agree that Stovall's initial statement came across as overzealous. They can't arrest everyone simply because they couldn't provide ID on demand; the county doesn't have the space to detain everyone. There is also going to be a plus side to this exercise: The honest people in the areas of the foot patrols are going to be able to put a name and a face with the uniform. The guys that I know on the PD at night are good men that actually want to make a difference in this town. They aren't guys that were bullied as kids and are now trying to get revenge. I'm not blind enough to say that ALL of the people on the department are golden; same as any other job, there are winners and losers. But there are definitely guys on PPD that are worth knowing.

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