[C]itizens in an eastern Arkansas town could soon see city police patrolling the streets with assault rifles and asking them to show identification and answer questions as to why they’re out and about.
The martial law recommended by the mayor and police chief of Paragould, in response to recent property-related and violent crimes, has begun seeing some backlash from those believing it infringes upon their civil rights.
[T]he department’s response to citizens concerned about their rights: “Many citizens, through various media outlets, have expressed a concern about the police ‘violating rights’ or ‘violating the Constitution’. We have to abide by the same rules, regulations, and laws that our citizens do.
y’all won’t mind if’n law-abidin’ folks stroll around all peaceable-like with their ARs slung, then.
Didn’t think so.