WXVT-TV Delta News - More Local News and Weather WXVT.com | Ark. city neighborhood under 24-hour curfew: "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.'...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."
What leads public and private officials to think they can exercise unlimited power over people? This is why there have to be constitutional limits on government power. At least somebody can go to court and stop this nonsense.