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Updated: Dec 24, 2023

LackLuster Media reported on a welfare check conducted by the Stuttgart Police Department (Arkansas) that escalated into a contentious arrest, raising questions about law enforcement procedures and civil liberties. The incident began when a man named Nate was approached by officers following a 911 call from his ex-wife, who alleged he was suicidal. Despite Nate's insistence that he was not suicidal and his refusal to engage without legal representation, the situation quickly deteriorated.


Sergeant Williams insisted on detaining Nate, despite his lack of suicidal behavior or intent. The officers, acting on the third-party information from the 911 call, claimed the right to detain Nate for his safety. However, Nate's actions did not align with criteria that would typically justify a 72-hour psychiatric hold. The officers' decision to detain and search Nate, who repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and questioned the grounds for his detention, led to an arrest for obstruction – a charge that appeared to lack legal basis.


Following the arrest, the officers informed Nate's employers of the incident, leading to his termination. The charges against Nate, including obstruction and alleged theft of medication found on him, were later dropped because did not commit any crimes and the officers lacked probable cause for the arrest. The incident has sparked a debate over police conduct and the rights of individuals during welfare checks, with plans for a lawsuit against the Stuttgart Police Department for the wrongful arrest and violation of civil rights.

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Those idiot cops have been doing it for years. They got the right one this time

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