Innocent people held at gunpoint during CA search

Innocent person held at gunpointPolice officers blocked access to homes and held innocent people driving down the street at gunpoint last week during a search for a suspect who allegedly shot a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer in Roseville, California.

The suspect ran on foot and entered a nearby house shortly before the homeowners escaped out of a side door.  With helicopters circling overhead and frequent exchanges of gunfire between officers and the suspect in the usually quiet neighborhood, the community quickly turned into chaotic martial law as state police quickly took over the area.

At least 15 homes were immediately evacuated during the incident, Boston-style, and some residents waited more than 24-hours before they were able to return to their homes.  Drivers were stopped at gunpoint during the search for the suspect and forced to answer questions posed by police while staring down the barrel of a high-powered rifle.

All injured officers involved in the shooting were treated at a local hospital.  Four officers were released and two remain in stable condition with jaw and leg wounds.

Arkansas residents fight back over martial law threat

BCM Carry Handle AR-15-3Citing concerns over an increase in violence, Mike Gaskill, the mayor of Paragould Arkansas, told residents to expect police armed with AR-15 semi-automatic rifles to stop everyone they see on the streets to demand identification.  Guilty until proven innocent, Gaskill implied it is the job of the residents to prove they are doing nothing wrong.

“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,” Gaskill told a group of residents at a town hall meeting to announce the plan.  “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.”

“They may not be doing anything but walking their dog,” he said. “But they’re going to have to prove it.”

Following the frightening proclamation from the town’s mayor, two subsequent town hall meetings have been canceled due to “public safety concerns”, and to this point, no AR-15-armed police officers have been sighted on the streets harassing the town’s people.