Helena-West Helena Curfew...

Dick Waterman jinxblues@aol.com
Tue Aug 12 15:07:40 EDT 2008

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) - Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley says he 
ordered a round-the-clock curfew and heavy police patrol in a ten-block section 
of town because the neighborhood was "under siege with repeated gunfire, 
loitering, drug dealing and other general mayhem."
Valley ordered the emergency curfew Thursday, effective immediately. It was 
still in place today. He said it would remain in place as long as the problems 
persist or until the city council can come up with a long-term plan at its 
August 19th meeting.
Thursday night, 18 to 20 police officers carrying M-16 rifles, shotguns and 
night-vision scopes patrolled the "curfew zone." They arrested about eight 
people and confiscated drugs and loaded weapons.
Under Valley's order, officers do not tolerate loitering or "hanging out." 
Officers can stop and investigate all foot traffic, bicycle, horseback, mo-ped, 
motorcycle, riding mower, golf cart or other means of transportation.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas says the curfew is "blatantly 
unconstitutional" and has demanded that Valley lift the order immediately.
Reg Burns - Houston, TX

This has been a continuing story on the Memphis TV stations for several weeks.

It does not seem to be a person-on-person rampage but rather a huge increase in robberies, break ins, etc.

I'm not sure what effect it will have on the blues festival since a lot can happen in two months.

The ACLU has no right to pitch a bitch on this one since it is black on black crime in black neighborhoods.

Dick Waterman


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