Armed task force to patrol streets


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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Police state comes to mind.


Yeah… although I have to say, I can think of a few neighborhoods here in New Orleans that are worse than any war zone I’ve been in. Especially if it’s blindingly obvious that you don’t belong there…

Those places probably wouldn’t benefit from this, but it certainly is better than what currently happens. (The police do not generally go into these areas, except for body cleanups.)