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Arkansas to become open carry state on August 15th

Arkansas will become the nation’s 45th open carry state on August 15th of this year. This result arises from the Arkansas legislature’s enactment of HB 1700, a bill sponsored by Representative Denny Altes (R – Fort Smith) which amended Arkansas Code § 5-73-120 (Carrying a weapon).

Police shooting inspires instant protest in Little Rock


Frustration over the Trayvon Martin case boils into a protest at 12th and Jefferson.
by David Koon

Nobody has to say it, but the timing couldn’t have been worse.

Two days after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of all charges in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, with black America boiling over with frustration about the justice system, a Little Rock police officer shot and killed 26-year-old Deon Williams near the corner of 12th and Jefferson.

According to a LRPD release, just before noon on Monday, Officers Grant Humphries and Terry McDaniel saw a Chevy Suburban on 12th Street that they believed to be stolen. (Officials would later confirm that the truck was, in fact, not stolen.)

When the officers pulled the SUV over, police say, the driver jumped out and fled. McDaniel pursued on foot, while Humphries took off in the squad car, trying to cut Williams off. As McDaniel chased Deon Williams into the backyard of a house on Adams Street, a gun fell out of Williams’ waistband, according to the police. When Williams stopped to pick up the gun and turned toward McDaniel, the police narrative says, McDaniel feared for his life, and fired three times. Williams, who was paroled in May after serving two years in prison on charges of possession of a controlled substance and robbery, was pronounced dead at UAMS at 12:17 p.m.

McDaniel, a black officer, has used deadly force at least once before. He fatally shot a man who pulled a gun on him when interrupted during a daytime home burglary on Thayer Street last year. The burglar had earlier fatally shot one man and wounded another at the home.

Information about the shooting spread through social media. At 1 p.m., someone tweeted that the person killed by the police had been an 11-year-old boy, shot nine times in the back. A crowd of angry people began to gather at the Hess gas station on 12th street, just across from the crime scene.

By 1:30 p.m., the biggest swell of the crowd had grown to at least 200, simmering under the July sun. Dozens more watched from the parking lots of businesses and the yards of nearby houses. Several of the protestors closest to the sidewalk, where the police soon lined up in a black wall of uniforms, held signs that called for justice for Bobby Moore, the teenage burglar who was shot by LRPD officer Josh Hastings in August 2012 as Moore tried to flee a West Little Rock apartment complex. Hastings’ manslaughter trial in the case ended in a hung jury last month.

As the protest grew, crowding into the rectangle of shade under the awning of the gas station, the clerk at the station came to the door, ushered the last customers out, then locked it behind them, followed by a set of heavy steel bars. Soon, the neon beer signs in the windows went out, along with the lights inside. A man came to the doors and tugged on them. Another splashed ice tea against the glass, then threw the can against the doors. Kids with cell phones filmed him, waiting for something worthy of YouTube to happen, but instead he just walked away in disgust, disappearing back into the crowd.

Overhead, a state police chopper circled the intersection of 12th and Jefferson at 300 feet. At the edge of the crowd, people cursed it, many of them screaming obscenities at the sky and flipping the bird with both hands, trying to telegraph their anger and frustration to the pilot.

Ernest Franklin, president of Say Stop the Violence, was there, sweating into a suit coat as he walked among the crowds of angry young people in tank tops and shorts. He said he had talked to police on the scene, asking them to close 12th Street to keep curious drivers from driving by. Soon after we spoke, the street was blocked to most traffic.

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“I’ve asked them to get somebody down here other than the police officers,” he said. “Right now, the whole nation, no matter where you go, they’re mad at the police. We do understand that the police officers have to do their job, but people are out here looking for justice and to get justice served, whatever that is going to take.”

The police brought in more squad cars, running them in almost bumper to bumper in the eastbound lane of 12th Street. “Nobody goes into the crowd,” an officer standing in the street said, and the word went on down the line. One man taunted the cops, saying, “What if it was your kid going down the alley? Y’all ain’t perfect.” Another man shouted, “Fuck America! That’s how I feel.”

Asa Muhammad was standing at the corner of 12th and Jefferson, watching investigators work across the street. A member of the Nation of Islam, Muhammad was at the Pulaski Country courthouse during the Josh Hastings trial.

“The police brutality and the police actions toward our people is not justice,” Muhammad said. “It doesn’t take the police gunning down our people to make an arrest or stop a crime … one shot or a taser to the leg could take a man down, but not a deadly force bullet to his heart or in his back to kill him. They’re professionals. They have tasers. They’re taught to shoot a weapon. But unfortunately, just like Bobby Moore was shot, this gentleman was shot. Another loss for our community.”

Muhammad said a lot of the anger on display had to do with the economic conditions many blacks find themselves in. “If our economic situation was better, and our people were afforded jobs to do better for themselves, then the vast majority of this wouldn’t be. But unfortunately, in this area, the vast majority of the people you see are unemployed. That has a great effect on what’s going on.”

More cops came. A roaring line of black and white Harley-Davidsons. A lumbering SWAT truck. Dozens of cops stretched their line down the turn lane of 12th Street, just behind the row of squad cars. Someone threw a can of soda, which sailed over the line and landed in the street.

Schwanda Daugherty was there in the edge of the crowd. “This is a community thing,” she said. “I’m here to support them even though I don’t know the young man. We’re out here, we’re going to protest, we’re going to show that we care. … There’s a lot of frustration. It’s happening, and we want everybody to know it’s happening. It’s a racial issue. It never went away, and it’s never going away. But we’re going to stand up and fight.”

As the afternoon wore on, tensions rose. At times, the crowd pushed forward toward the patrol cars, at others, they shrank back to the shade. A woman tried to get others to hold hands and form a human chain along the street, but was ignored until she gave up. Another woman in a gray halter-top shouted over the angry din of the crowd: “All we are to them is monkeys and dogs.” Someone threw a brown bottle that thumped in the grass on the other side of the street. The helicopter buzzed overhead, forgotten now that there were plenty of terrestrial cops to hate.

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Then, walking along the edge of 12th Street, supported by friends, came a sobbing woman named Shemedia Shelton. Shelton was the owner of the Suburban Williams had been driving, and identified herself as Williams’ wife.

“You didn’t have to kill him,” she screamed. “Trayvon wasn’t enough? You didn’t have to fucking kill him. You didn’t have to kill him. You didn’t have to fucking kill him.”

Chastity Duffy, the woman supporting Shelton, said that they’d just picked Williams up from Tucker Penitentiary two months before.

“He was just trying to do what was right for his wife and kids,” Duffy said. “He didn’t do nothing.” At Duffy’s elbow, clinging there, shambling along in the sun toward the protest, Shelton wailed variations on a single sentence: “Can anybody tell me what I’m supposed to tell my kids?”

The heat came down, broken by periodic clouds. For three minutes, a burly cop stood in the door of a cruiser and spoke into a loudspeaker, telling the crowd to disperse, that they were participating in an unlawful assembly, that they would be arrested if they didn’t comply, saying it over and over like a machine. The crowd roared back at him, drowning him out with taunts and curses. There was a sense that something was going to happen. Eventually, the officer on the loudspeaker stopped, his voice replaced by that of a man who said he wasn’t a police officer, that he wanted to lead them to a park where they could continue the protest, that there would be a candlelight vigil that night they could attend. The crowd clenched into a fist before him and shouted him down too. Though a peaceful vigil would be held that night at the State Capitol, that moment was too angry and hot for talk of peace.

Police Chief Stuart Thomas appeared, along with City Manager Bruce Moore, both standing in front of the Family Dollar store across the street. Behind them, the shooting investigation started to wrap up. Police tape came down. A flatbed came for the Suburban Williams had been driving. Soon, the line of Harleys fired up and roared away, followed by most of the squad cars, some making a slow U-turn in the street.

Across the street, Chief Thomas spoke to the press, pulling further back when the chants of “fuck the police” became loud enough for the mics to pick them up and spoil a quote. “As we were working the case, a lot of information got out,” Thomas said. “People were a little bit misinformed about the circumstances … it just kind of built up from there. There are a lot of other issues at play, both locally and nationally.” A minute later, someone shouted “Look out!” as a full plastic bottle came out of the crowd, over the street, and over Thomas’s head — a hail-Mary lob that would have done any quarterback proud. The bottle splattered eight feet away in the parking lot, next to a snarl of police tape.

“It is what it is,” Thomas said of being the target of the bottle. “It’ll calm down when we’re out of here.”

Soon after, the last of the cops pulled away, and the crowd soon did as Thomas had predicted. By the time the TV stations did their 5 p.m. live shots from the corner of 12th and Jefferson, there was just a single man in a white T-shirt, holding a sign. Once the cameras turned off, he disappeared, too.

Standing on the corner, watching people buy gas at the Hess station and 12th street roll full of cars again, it was hard to believe the anger of the day had ever happened. Then a woman pulled up to the herd of TV trucks and rolled down her window. “What is it,” she asked, “open season on black people?”

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Registration open for 2018 spring adult softball in Fayetteville

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The Fayetteville spring adult softball league is now accepting team registrations for the 2018 season.

Cost for each team is $450 and includes options for competition levels at different times and locations around town.

Registration ends March 16. Games begin March 26, and run through late May.

Men’s, women’s, and coed teams will play two games on the same night each week at either the Gary Hampton or Lake Fayetteville softball complexes, depending on each team’s league. Most competition levels are available on more than one night – from the recreation level to the competitive level. Teams must provide their own USSSA-stamped bats and softballs at each game.

Registration is available online at fayetteville.onlinesignup.org.

For more information, contact Mark May at 479-718-7681.

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Arts & Events

Cabaret is coming to the WAC.

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JJ’s Grill on Dickson Street has live music this week with Lazy Daisy, Mr. Lucky, Bottlerocket, and more.

The Jones Center has a brand new state-of-the-art fitness center. Memberships start at $8/mo. Just 10 mins. from East Fayetteville!

Ozark Natural Foods has classes on cooking Cauliflower, and cooking local this week! Sign up.

TheatreSquared will open their new show “The Humans” on Jan. 24. Mark your calendar.

Cabaret, An American in Paris, Classic Albums Live: Rumors, and more great shows are coming up at the Walton Arts Center. Get tickets!


Food & Drink

Bordinos classic cocktails are just $5 Monday-Saturday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. during happy hour!

All bottles are just $2.50 every Sunday night at Buster Belly’s.

Tuesdays are 2’s Days at Damgoode Pies. Get $2 slices, $2 Red Ribbin Pints, and $2 off any 14” or 18” pie!

Get your crust stuffed with cheese at Eureka Pizza for just $2!

NFL playoffs, NBA matchups, Razorback basketball, and more. Watch the games at Farrell’s Lounge!

Wings. Beer. Burgers. Check out the new Foghorn’s Express inside Core Public House on Mission! Menu.

Wednesday is ‘Fiesta Wednesday’ at Grub’s! Get $3 Mexican beers, $2 frozen margaritas, and more!

Got a lot of folks to feed? Let Flying Burrito cater your event with one of their taco or burrito bars.

Tuesday deals at Damgoode Pies

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Enjoy $2 canned beers every day at Fayetteville’s favorite neighborhood dive bar. Kingfish!

There is a cure for the cold-weather blues. It’s Beer Cheese Soup from Hugo’s.

Hand-crafted cocktails, great wine, and lots of local craft beer. Maxine’s Tap Room can warm you from the inside-out this winter.

Reserve your seat for the next Mike’d Up with Mike Anderson, Mondays this season at Sassy’s Red House!

Penguin Ed’s on Mission Boulevard serves an incredible breakfast every Saturday & Sunday from 7-11 a.m.!

Wednesday is burger day at Sassy’s BBQ & Grille! Get $1.50 off all burgers!

Tuesday is Student and Teacher Appreciation Night at Slim Chickens. Get 20% off w/ school ID!

Crab Cake Bennys. Chicken & Waffles. Avocado & Smoked Salmon Toast. Some of the best brunch in town is at Southern Food Co!

Get off to a healthy start in 2018 with delicious options from Taziki’s!

Thursdays are martini night at Wasabi! Enjoy some of the most delicious cocktails in town for just $5!

The new Wood Stone Craft Pizza in Uptown Fayetteville opens this week!


Health & Beauty

The Jones Center has a new Fitness Center.

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Need contact lenses? Order online from Austin Vision Care!

The holidays are over. Time to treat yourself with a relaxing facial or massage from Premier Dermatology!

The Jones Center has a brand new state-of-the-art fitness center. Memberships start at $8/mo. Just 10 mins. from East Fayetteville!


Real Estate and Home Services

Two houses, one lot, $175,000. Check out this two-for-one listing in South Fayetteville from Flyer Homes.

It’s not very often an opening comes up at the awesome Eco Modern Flats apartments, but they have a few now. Grab ‘em.


Services

Looking for a bank that gives back to the local community? Look no further than Bank of Fayetteville.

Need network help? Computer repairs? IT solutions at work? For all things computers, call the local folks at GCM Computers.

Make a resolution to love your bank this year. Learn about the credit union difference at UARK Federal Credit Union!


Shopping & Retail

Gearing up for an engagement? Underwood’s can help make it unforgettable.

Get 0% APR for up to 5 years on a new 2018 Outback at Adventure Subaru!

Hoodies, long sleeve tees, sweatshirts, flannels, and more. Check out the fresh stock at Fayettechill!

Got art that needs framing? There’s a local option for that now. Check out Frame Fayetteville!

Don’t get out when you’re not feeling well. Have your medicine delivered from the friendly folks at Collier Drug Stores!

Buy one get one for 1/2 price on apparel at Something Urban this week! You read that right.

It’s freezing out there. Time to visit Riffraff’s Sweater Shop.

Thinking about a Valentine’s Day engagement? Underwood’s can help you find the perfect ring.


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