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Armed task force to patrol streets (Paragould, Arkansas)

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.



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“[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.”



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.”



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(Excerpt) Read more at paragoulddailypress.com …


via Armed task force to patrol streets (Paragould, Arkansas).





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