View Full Version : Arkansas Town under 24/7 Curfew

Casual Observer
08-13-2008, 3:24 PM
Thought this was interesting. Though I know the typical reaction by most here will be to cry foul and start the analogies to the Gestapo, KGB, or other totalitarian type state, I thought it'd be interesting to post nonetheless.

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Arkansas (AP) -- Officers armed with military rifles, some with laser sights, have been stopping and questioning passers-by in a neighborhood plagued by violence that's been under a 24-hour curfew for a week.

Chief Fred Fielder says only those acting nervous or lacking good reasons for being out get extra attention.

On Tuesday, the Helena-West Helena City Council voted 9-0 to allow police to expand that program into any area of the city, despite a warning from a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas that the police stops were unconstitutional.

Police Chief Fred Fielder said the patrols have netted 32 arrests since they began last week in a 10-block neighborhood in this small town on the banks of the Mississippi River long troubled by poverty.

The council said those living in the city want the random shootings and drug-fueled violence to stop, no matter the cost.

"Now, if somebody wants to sue us, they have an option to sue, but I'm fairly certain that a judge will see it the way the way the citizens see it here," Mayor James Valley said. "The citizens deserve peace, that some infringement on constitutional rights is OK, and we have not violated anything as far as the Constitution."

Full story here (http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/08/13/town.curfew.ap/index.html)

08-13-2008, 3:31 PM
same page :dupe:

Casual Observer
08-13-2008, 3:35 PM
same page :dupe:

Damn. I glanced over the forum page looking for references to Arkansas, not Constitution.

I fail. :(