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Arkansas Police Chief Proposes Random ID Checks By Armed Patrols

[Chief Todd] 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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“To ask you for your ID, I have to have a reason,” he said. “Well, 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. Then when I add that people are scared…then that gives us even more [reason] to ask why are you here and what are you doing in this area.”

The Reason’s Hit & Run Blog has this article on random ID checks. Apparently, according to the article,┬áthis is not completely new and that a few other cites have been doing this type of thing for a while now.


  1. , I have been led down the path of this no subsidy porimse way too many times to have the s word come up a few years later, or have it implemented thru the back door by an increased user fee and/or less coverage and poorer response time.Equally, if such a county wide approach squeezes out TR’s ambulance, to me that’s wrong. It has worked for them and some of their surrounding burgs for decades. I think Mr. Tomlinson mentioned in another presentation a pittance of a percentage increase in cost over 30 years. Good luck finding any other service provider in nearly any venue (ambulance or otherwise) that can boast that. By contrast can the same be said for SAAC’s decision in cost stability over the long haul. I would say changing 3 service providers within say the last 12-13 years with a history of the issues I mentioned in 1 thru 3 above might suggest otherwise.Let me ask you this when I see how the county spends our money on other issues, the thought of a county wide ambulance authority makes me more than a little nervous. And such an authority as it was envisioned and explained to me would be able to levy a millage for equipment and or operating expenses. Just because it contracted with SAAC today, it doesn’t mean tomorrow they won’t want to go in business for themselves and we are paying a tax to cover equipment, operating and administrative costs. It doesn’t mean that they can’t levy a millage later if any service provider comes back and says, gee, we just can’t do this without a subsidy (and we could then all be on the hook for paying that thru a part of our property taxes) And SAAC as it stands today has representation that are mostly appointees. Many are elected officials to their respective municipal boards that get appointed. Some I believe are simply appointees without any direct accountability to voters thru election. Some are Twp supervisors some are Trustees to their respective municipal boards. So on one hand you’d have a county wide authority comprised of back door appointees that are somewhat insulated from voters affected by this .for any tax that they might levy. Equally , the boards composition would be somewhat volatile. You could have the best SAAC representative get unseated because of losing a popularity contest for a seat on their municipal board and then you don’t know who you have to backfill. So the composition of that board and how it has accountability to a voting public would need a major overhaul.Additionally, if you leave it one vote per one municipal member, how fair is that? Is it fair for only one vote from a city like Sturgis or TR that would pay more in to an arrangement like SAAC to have only one vote the same as a small Twp that pays in a comparative pittance. The flip side is you could be a sparsely populated twp that pays in comparatively little but have a huge rural sparsely populated coverage area. How do you make sure your constituents get something less than 13 minutes response time when the larger burgs get ambulance response time more like 5 minutes or less.So as simple as it all may look at 50,000 ft, there’s alot of devil in those details, and if you think there’s a one size fits all with one authority doing it one way .well, I appreciate the thought, but good luck with that.

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