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HUNTINGTON, Ark. â€" The western Arkansas town of Huntington, population 688, is without a police force after the only officer was fired last month for what the mayor says was insubordination.

Officer Ryan Stephens was fired by a 3-1 vote of the city council May 25. The vote backed Mayor Craig Cotner's decision to terminate the officer's employment.

Cotner says the city had received several complaints from residents about Stephens. The mayor declined to elaborate on them. He says the town will hire another police officer.

Previous plans to hire a reserve officer are on hold because that would require having someone to supervise the officer, he says.

Stephens' attorney, Kevin Ridgley, says he has sent a letter to the mayor and city attorney, asking that his client be reinstated immediately. Ridgley says he was unaware of residents' complaints about Stephens.

He says Stephens maintains he was fired in retaliation for asking that the city council consider a request that police equipment the mayor has from previous officers, including badges, firearms, radios and uniforms, be returned to the Huntington Police Department.

"It is not the first time something like that happened," Ridgley says.

In 2004, then-Huntington Police Chief Robert Mikles filed a lawsuit against the city, following a dispute over his use of a city-owned car. He was then fired in October 2004.

A Sebastian County jury ruled in his favor. And in 2006, the Arkansas Court of Appeals reversed Mikles' breach of contract award but upheld the wrongful termination award. The court said Mikles had provided substantial evidence he'd been fired in retaliation for filing the lawsuit.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,277478,00.html

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Blood will surely run in the streets.

Seriously, in a town that small, it's not like they are losing much. One officer couldn't do much anyways. Probably just went around breaking up domestic violence incidents and tossing drunks in the tank.

In a town of 688, I would assume there would be a fair degree of self-policing. I'd go a step further and say that damn near everyone is probably armed, lol.

Who cares anyways? What is the national standard for even having to have a police force? 500 people, 250 people, 2 people :shock: Let the state cops handle problems. It's not like it's a free-for-all without their one cop.
 

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GAGunOwner said:
County PD/County Sherriff Dept. should be able to take up the slack of only one officer, not to mention the state police.
I don't know the functionality of the Arkansas State officers. If this were to happen in GA it would be the sheriff handling things as the GSP typically wouldn't be handling local calls. It's not that way in every state though.
 

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Does GSP usually just patrol the highways?
 

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Rammstein said:
Does GSP usually just patrol the highways?
Typically they generally patrol state highways and interstates although they do have complete statewide jurisdiction. It's rare to see them actively patrolling inside city limits though, but that can vary based on post and the cities involved.

Contrary to popular belief, the GBI doesn't have statewide jurisdiction except for in drug and ID theft cases and with their EOD. Otherwise they have jurisdiction on state property and must be asked to help in a local case.
 

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I just consulted the almighty google, and it appears the Arkansas has a full service state police:

http://www.asp.state.ar.us/

It's funny how different states do things. In the South we are used to having the sheriff provide full service in their counties, but in the northeast this is typically not the case with state police agencies handling everything outside of incorporated cities.
 

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ah.

I've seen a GSP car driving around the outskirts of Statesboro, but they have a little office right off I-16.
 

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ah.

I've seen a GSP car driving around the outskirts of Statesboro, but they have a little office right off I-16.
I see them driving through town all the time. I see SPD and University cops more than anything, then Sheriffs. Hell, I got rear ended by a statesboro cop while I was driving down Chandler...
 

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But who is going to write all the speeding tickets? Civilization will probably end as we know it in that Arkansas town. Early news reports are stating that the desparate locals already are resorting to cannibalism.
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Malum Prohibitum said:
Early news reports are stating that the desparate locals already are resorting to cannibalism.
This is a problem only sweet daddy fedgov can handle! Bring in the APCs! Que the SWAT teams! gogogo!!!
 

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Rammstein said:
Malum Prohibitum said:
Early news reports are stating that the desparate locals already are resorting to cannibalism.
This is a problem only sweet daddy fedgov can handle! Bring in the APCs! Que the SWAT teams! gogogo!!!
Lock and Load!
 

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Updated news, the city is burning and bands of roving savages are littering the streets with corpses . . .
 

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CNN now estimates casualties in the thousands . . .

If only the town had overlooked Officer Stephens' insubordination . . .

If only . . .

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Rammstein said:
ah.

I've seen a GSP car driving around the outskirts of Statesboro, but they have a little office right off I-16.
You'll see them passing through, and they will deal with stuff they see, but they usually don't actively patrol in such areas, especially if the locals have things pretty well covered. They will respond to calls for assistance. Funny thing is the number of wrecks they work a month on average has something to do with their post staffing.
 

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I guess in case of violent situation. They can't dial 911, instead:

.45 acp
.40 S & W
.357 magnum
.357 Sig
.38 special
9mm

etc etc etc... :wink:
 

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Can someone contact these citizens via Ham radio? Let them know that they can proceed to the "free zone" whenever they feel it safe to do so.

The chair is against the wall!
 
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