JPD: One arrested after downtown crowd gets out of hand

JONESBORO, Ark. – A crowd of “several hundred” in the downtown Jonesboro area was dispersed early Saturday by Jonesboro authorities but not before one man was arrested for allegedly refusing to follow the officer’s orders.

At 2:20 a.m. Saturday, April 29, Jonesboro Police Department officers at the scene of Main Street and Huntington Avenue began requesting backup to deal with a large crowd in the downtown area. When Officer Dalton Shannon arrived, his police report noted him seeing “several hundred people” in the area yelling and being disruptive. Many were in the middle of Main Street, he said. He began to order them out of the street and to leave the area, due to several fights reportedly taking place.

Three men refused to leave, however, and the officer took note of them. He said he ordered them several times to disperse but they refused, with one beginning to dance on the sidewalk. One of the men, Donte Anthony Thomas, 24, of Jonesboro, was said to have told the officer they were grown and could be out.

The officer wrote that he continued ordering them to leave and Thomas, standing outside of a vehicle, danced and said he was grown and didn’t have to leave. The officer informed him he was under arrest and grabbed his right wrist. Thomas reportedly was resistant and began to say he was leaving, but to the officer, it was too late.

He was cited for misdemeanor disorderly conduct and was due in court Monday afternoon. He was taken to Craighead County Detention Center. The report says the others dispersed following his arrest.


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  2. I would say that it doesn’t matter how old you are. If you were instructed by the police to leave and refuse to do so, then that officer was within his rights to arrest you. Maybe next time you will think twice beforeally talking back to am officer of the law.

  3. I would say that it doesn’t matter how old you are. If you were instructed by the police to leave and refuse to do so, then that officer was within his rights to arrest you. Maybe next time you will think twice before talking back to an officer of the law.

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