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Thu Jun 4, 2020, 09:37 AM

The question for the governor and the mayor after a fourth night of Little Rock arrests: Why?

A fourth night of peaceful protests led to mass arrests in Little Rock and detention of journalists for the crime of walking the streets of Little Rock after 8 p.m.

You heard me right. Citing evidence of unspecified “professional” outside agitators, Mayor Frank Scott Jr. declared an 8 p.m. curfew. This followed a downtown business community panic earlier in the day over rumors that squadrons of agitators were heading from — get this — Iowa and Nebraska to wreak havoc in Little Rock.

Thousands were allowed to protest peacefully in Fayetteville, unburdened by a dubious curfew and the heavy hand of the governor. Hot Springs was allowed to peacefully protest as well.

Tuesday evening, with no advance indication, Gov. Asa Hutchinson essentially declared Arkansas a police state with him in charge. A key element of his executive order allows his State Police to take control anywhere they deem necessary in Little Rock and everywhere else in the state. Undercurrent: In the capital, tensions between the state and the problematic leadership of Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey are close to palpable.



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