Police Chief Declares Martial Law in Tiny Arkansas Town

by Will

Liberty Minute December 18, 2012

Todd Stovall, Police Chief of Paragould, Arkansas, used a town meeting at a local church to announce the imposition of martial law.

Because of what he described as a crime crisis, Stovall will deploy SWAT teams armed with AR-15 assault rifles to patrol the streets. ?If you?re out walking, we?re going to stop you, ask why you?re out walking, check for your ID,? he explained.

To those who might complain about being harassed, the chief offered an unqualified promise: ?We have a zero-tolerance [policy]. We are prepared to throw your hind-end in jail, OK? We are not going to take a lot of flak.?

Where does Stovall get the supposed authority to put the city under martial law? According to the chief, "The fear is what's given us the reason to do this?. I?ve got statistical reasons that say I?ve got a lot of crime right now, which gives me probable cause to ask what you?re doing out.?

In fact, Paragould has a high burglary rate, but the violent crime rate is substantially below the national average. But Stovall, like so many other government functionaries, assumes that government derives its "just" powers from whatever fears it can instill and exploit in its subjects.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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