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MIKE MASTERSON: Detaining Drew

Confrontation=lawsuit

By Mike Masterson

This article was published December 17, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Here's a story that may cause you to scratch your head. I sure am, especially considering my enduring respect for the Arkansas State Police.

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DoubleBlind says... December 17, 2017 at 10:04 a.m.

As far as I know, it has NOT been adjudicated that AR is open carry, despite our a-hole of an AG giving open carry a-holes like Drew that impression. I applaud Ziegenhorn and his actions.

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Delta2 says... December 17, 2017 at 10:43 a.m.

I don't carry (open or concealed), but it didn't sound like Drew's actions warranted they treatment he has received from ASP and this Trooper in particular.

Also, as a frequent critic of Masterson, I'll say today's piece sounds like some investigative reporting on his part. This is the kind of stuff on which he should focus.

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DoubleBlind says... December 17, 2017 at 10:50 a.m.

“My noggin's still itching,” writes Masterson. Which means he should scratch his @ss, since that’s clearly where his thought process on this topic originated.

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Jfish says... December 17, 2017 at 12:19 p.m.

If it happened exactly as MM wrote, then I would agree that Ziegenhorn overreacted and should apologize. However, I was thinking the same thing as DB, I am not sure that open carry is legal in Arkansas. Seems to me that is the crux of the issue and I suppose a judge or jury will rule on it eventually.

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DoubleBlind says... December 17, 2017 at 12:26 p.m.

Evidently Masterson has already ‘ruled’ on it as he states multiple times in the article that open carry is legal in AR (when it in fact is NOT.). Is there no editorial oversight when the topic in question is re the LAW?

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Delta2 says... December 17, 2017 at 12:42 p.m.

DB, I don't know the true status of open carry in AR, but I'll take your word for it, knowing how Masterson often doesn't research topics thoroughly (so much for my earlier compliment). Still, if the Dec 3 account is accurate, doesn't it seem like a very odd coincidence that Ziegenhorn showed up at Walmart so quickly after Drew arrived (in uniform, and outside of Troop D)? Almost sounds like stalking.

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DoubleBlind says... December 17, 2017 at 1:13 p.m.

Delta - I won’t speculate on Ziegenhorn’s arrival time as it could likely have been conjured by Masterson as part of his clearly biased story. He’s decided it’s legal to open carry in AR - when it’s not. Who’s to say what else he fabricated from whole cloth.

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Delta2 says... December 17, 2017 at 2:42 p.m.

I don't know, DB, just a brief look around on the internet indicates Ziegenhorn arrived pretty quickly that day. I know, don't believe everything on the internet, but even though troopers have jurisdiction all over the state, Ziegenhorn was in uniform and in his cruiser. It might have been better judgement to have a fellow officer or perhaps even a local PD to be present on Dec 3 (if anyone even needed to be there). It just really looks like retaliation. Drew didn't help himself by refusing to show his ID that day, admittedly.

Disagreeing or arguing with a cop never ends well.

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BoudinMan says... December 17, 2017 at 5:06 p.m.

It's interesting to me how sometimes somebody can be a hero to certain people by resisting law enforcement, while other people who resist are called out for it. I don't know what happened here, but I've read enough Masterson to believe he put a slant on this.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 17, 2017 at 5:09 p.m.

Looks like this trooper has a heavy badge and his head up hiss ass.

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