This post was originally submitted by Richard Gray, via the Cop Block.org submissions page. The original Facebook post that contained the video from the Bald Knob Police Department interrogation tape can be found here.

line-bannerDate of Incident: May 24, 2015
Officer(s) Involved: Chief of Police Erek Balentine, at least two other unidentified police officers
Department Involved: Bald Knob (AR) Police Department
Phone Number: (501) 724-5193

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Arkansas Open Carry ArrestRichard Chambless was arrested while open carrying in Bald Knob, Arkansas. Chambless was walking around town with a holstered, openly carried firearm, and a police scanner. He also entered the McDonald’s near his home a couple of times, who apparently (based on statements in the video) told him he was not allowed inside with the gun. Several 911 callers subsequently reported a man with a gun. Over the scanner, Chambless heard that the police were looking for him. He called and reported his location and said he would wait for them. Chambless was arrested. He agreed to a videotaped interrogation conducted by the chief of police.

Chief of Police Erek Balentine incorrectly reads a law that states it is illegal to “unlawfully employ” a handgun, even though Chambless was not doing so by openly carrying his firearm. Toward the end of the video, Chief Balentine becomes very irate and yells at Chambless after he refuses to acknowledge that he has no right to carry a weapon because, according to the chief, there is no law which allows him to carry a firearm. Chambless consistently brings up the Second Amendment and the fact that the absence of a law explicitly stating he has a right to carry a firearm isn’t required, because the 2nd Amendment gives him that right. Another police employee gave Chambless a speech about nobody needing to carry a firearm, because the police would protect them.

Arkansas-Open-Carry-Arrest-Police-Chief-Angrily-Insists-open-Carry-is-IllegalChief Balentine also stole Chambless’ police scanner, claiming that the only reason he has for using it is because he’s engaging in illegal acts and needs to monitor where the police officers are, so he can get away. That is in spite of the fact that Chambless heard on the scanner that they were looking for him over the firearm and called to inform them of his location.

Apparently, Chambless was found guilty on August 25, 2015 by District Judge Mark Derrick, but Chambless plans to appeal.

-Richard Gray

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52 Comments

  1. Taking the scanner is wrong,unless there is a law specifically stating that particular channel cannot be monitored. Will have to look into the firearm laws of that particular state/county, however, from what I have read, and seen in the video so far, sounds like that judge along with the revenue collectors need a new line of work…

    1. Are you insinuating that the judge and the Chief of Police are somehow being willfully dishonest? Just for the sake of making profits? No, police wouldn’t do that. They are our heroes.

  2. The basis of all laws in the United States is that anying not specifically forbidden is legal. There is no law in Arkansas that forbids openly carrying a firearm, so it is therefore legal.

    There are no laws saying you can blow your nose, possess ball-point pens or sit at a desk for that matter. But I bet that chief of police does all tree regularly — by his own beliefs, that would make him a criminal.

    1. I think you meant pick his nose.

      1. I know the law on that: You can pick your nose, and you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your friends’ noses.

  3. Damn it, dey tuk his gurn!

  4. that pig needs to watch his 6 from now on lol . for one think is he a junge if not why is he trying to junge this man befor he arrest him

    1. oo by the way they did not read him his rights so the charge is dis mist

      1. Dismissed? He was found guilty already.

  5. another perfect example of the tin star thug pigs that deserve to be shot in the fukin face-

  6. since when did police become lawmaker, judge and jury.

    1. I think i took his lunch money in school,i cant really make out the chiefs face but I ttink its him,thanks chief now im over weight.

    2. I think i took his lunch money in school,i cant really make out the chiefs face but I ttink its him,thanks chief now im over weight.

  7. You can’t argue with stupid rednecks. Jesus, these people are stupid. It’s amazing how a person who isn’t a cop can be so much more knowledgeable about basic laws. DUMBASSES!

    And yes, he was found guilty by a liberal judge, but never fear folks. This case is being appealed and trust me, he will win! This is the case that will win the rights of open carry for the people of Arkansas.

  8. You can’t argue with stupid rednecks. Jesus, these people are stupid. It’s amazing how a person who isn’t a cop can be so much more knowledgeable about basic laws. DUMBASSES!

    And yes, he was found guilty by a liberal judge, but never fear folks. This case is being appealed and trust me, he will win! This is the case that will win the rights of open carry for the people of Arkansas.

    1. The working classes were called “rednecks” because they worked outside in the sun. Taking off their shirts they would have a red neck. The working classes were always made to work at least 14 hours a day – explain how a person is meant to educate themselves when he works for 14-16 hours a day. You are probably a product of families that had to work in those conditions – so why an insult that the rulers bestowed upon them?

      1. Do you really think anybody cares about the history of the word redneck, or do you think they’re using today’s current definition of the word. You know where Billy Bob is related to is uncle dad.

      2. Rednecks was a term applied to the people tjat hsd red scarves around their neck to leep from getting shot in the coal labor dispute.

  9. Fuck Arkansas they are all inbred anyway. stupid fucks

  10. the cops don’t like open carry; it scares them and other citizens. However, its legal. LOL, Fat cops says that’s what the police are for.

    1. We public are Scares of Murderous Orcs aka Police having guns

    1. And early Godwin Award winner.

      1. Thank you thank you thank you! Wow, you really like me! I’d like to thank the Academy of Lazy Analogies, Adolf Hitler and his minions, whoever designed the Iron Cross, and of course, the oinkers for providing the inspiration ; )

  11. He wants to control you. He wants to keep his job. The judge/prosecutor can make up something. But I heard a false arrest is a felony.

  12. Omg. Where is Rosco Peco Train , Boss Hog , and Enus?

    Three things that were going through my head when I watched this ….:

    1. You know those officers use that duck for erotic pleasure on each other

    2. The chief could read , although he used a lot of double negatives. If I were him id stick to what people with an average IQ write for him. If I were him I’m also guessing I’d be married to my sister but that’s beside the point

    3. Just when you think you have seen all the ugly female cops , BAM !!!! You get a glimpse of AK’s finest females

  13. Stricken language would be deleted from and underlined language would be added to present law.
    Act 746 of the Regular Session
    *BPG222* 02-21-2013 11:32:41 BPG222
    1 State of Arkansas As Engrossed: H3/12/13 H3/20/13
    2 89th General Assembly A Bill
    3 Regular Session, 2013 HOUSE BILL 1700
    4
    5 By: Representatives D. Altes, Alexander, Ballinger, Barnett, Bell, Bragg, Carnine, Cozart, Dale,
    6 Deffenbaugh, C. Douglas, Hammer, Hobbs, Lea, S. Meeks, Rice, Scott, Westerman, Word
    7 By: Senators Files, A. Clark, B. King, J. Woods
    8
    9 For An Act To Be Entitled
    10 AN ACT MAKING TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS CONCERNING THE
    11 POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN AND OTHER WEAPONS IN CERTAIN
    12 PLACES; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
    13
    14
    15 Subtitle
    16 MAKING TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS CONCERNING
    17 THE POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN AND OTHER
    18 WEAPONS IN CERTAIN PLACES.
    19
    20
    21 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
    22
    23 SECTION 1. Arkansas Code § 5-73-119(e), concerning defense to
    24 prosecution for possession of a handgun in certain places, is amended to read
    25 as follows:
    26 (e) It is a defense to prosecution under It is permissible to carry a
    27 handgun under this section that if at the time of the act of possessing a
    28 handgun or firearm:
    29 (1) The person is in his or her own dwelling or place of
    30 business or on property in which he or she has a possessory or proprietary
    31 interest, except upon the property of a public or private institution of
    32 higher learning;
    33 (2) The person is a law enforcement officer, correctional
    34 officer, or member of the armed forces acting in the course and scope of his
    35 or her official duties;
    36 (3) The person is assisting a law enforcement officer,

    Pdf download of attorney general opinion
    http://www.katv.com/link/751242/attorney-general-opinion-on-open-carry

  14. Stricken language would be deleted from and underlined language would be added to present law.
    Act 746 of the Regular Session
    *BPG222* 02-21-2013 11:32:41 BPG222
    1 State of Arkansas As Engrossed: H3/12/13 H3/20/13
    2 89th General Assembly A Bill
    3 Regular Session, 2013 HOUSE BILL 1700
    4
    5 By: Representatives D. Altes, Alexander, Ballinger, Barnett, Bell, Bragg, Carnine, Cozart, Dale,
    6 Deffenbaugh, C. Douglas, Hammer, Hobbs, Lea, S. Meeks, Rice, Scott, Westerman, Word
    7 By: Senators Files, A. Clark, B. King, J. Woods
    8
    9 For An Act To Be Entitled
    10 AN ACT MAKING TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS CONCERNING THE
    11 POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN AND OTHER WEAPONS IN CERTAIN
    12 PLACES; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
    13
    14
    15 Subtitle
    16 MAKING TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS CONCERNING
    17 THE POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN AND OTHER
    18 WEAPONS IN CERTAIN PLACES.
    19
    20
    21 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
    22
    23 SECTION 1. Arkansas Code § 5-73-119(e), concerning defense to
    24 prosecution for possession of a handgun in certain places, is amended to read
    25 as follows:
    26 (e) It is a defense to prosecution under It is permissible to carry a
    27 handgun under this section that if at the time of the act of possessing a
    28 handgun or firearm:
    29 (1) The person is in his or her own dwelling or place of
    30 business or on property in which he or she has a possessory or proprietary
    31 interest, except upon the property of a public or private institution of
    32 higher learning;
    33 (2) The person is a law enforcement officer, correctional
    34 officer, or member of the armed forces acting in the course and scope of his
    35 or her official duties;
    36 (3) The person is assisting a law enforcement officer,

    Pdf download of attorney general opinion
    http://www.katv.com/link/751242/attorney-general-opinion-on-open-carry

  15. I just checked the Arkansas laws. It looks like only concealed weapons are allowed. Here’s where I looked: http://asp.arkansas.gov/services-and-programs/detail/concealed-handgun-licensing

    I’m not in the mood for a shouting-match with an angry person, I’m just reporting what I found.

    In my area, there’s a conceal/carry law, which gives you the option of doing it either way. In practice, though, I’ve never seen any citizen openly display a weapon. I have seen obvious “hard corners” sticking out from peoples’ pockets, but I try to avoid confrontations with strangers for my safety, anyhow. Any gun instructor worth their salt will tell people to always conceal it, Otherwise, you can risk someone trying to wrestle it away from you. Carrying it openly takes away the element of surprise, and hardened criminals WILL NOT be afraid of you carrying it openly.

    I’m just reporting my experiences, and won’t waste my time with petty arguments. If the website about Arkansas gun laws is out-of-date, please forgive me.

    1. ” . . . won’t waste my time with petty arguments.” What does that mean? You’ve already decided that any dissenting opinion is de facto “petty” and invalid? Sounds pretty petty to me, and sounds like you already know that your argument reflects a degree of ignorance that even you knew would inspire anger, but here’s a valid argument for you: How the hell would a “hardened criminal” know that the person open carrying isn’t a police officer, a probation officer, DEA, FBI, IRS, or a member of any one of the numerous alphabet agencies that open carry in plain clothes all the time? Are these special “hardened criminals”, who magically become intimidated and incapable of “wrestling” a gun away from any police officer who open-carries when they see the magic costume? Bullshit.

  16. That cop knew he was defeated in the end! He searched high and low in that book to find nothing! and was frustrated inside till he finally blew up learning the facts the guy was doing NOTHING wrong and was within his rights. That cop is also not allowed to TELL the guy to use his rights to remain silent it is the guys choice if he wants to or not!

  17. That cop knew he was defeated in the end! He searched high and low in that book to find nothing! and was frustrated inside till he finally blew up learning the facts the guy was doing NOTHING wrong and was within his rights. That cop is also not allowed to TELL the guy to use his rights to remain silent it is the guys choice if he wants to or not!

  18. It also seems like they are just out to put a weapons violation on this guys record so he can not legally purchase a weapon. It will show up on a back ground check. Another form of back door gun control is to mar a persons record.

  19. Cops not knowing the law………..corrupt judge ruining lives for cash…….shocking……oh wait this is merica were talking about sorry my b

  20. And the fine folks at the Micky D’s may have lied to him as well.

    (unrelated to this particular case- just a statement on open carry)
    Here’s a statement from McDonald’s spokeswoman Lisa McComb:

    “We recognize that there is a lot of emotion and passion surrounding the issue of firearms and open carry weapons laws.

    While we respect the differing views of all our customers, McDonald’s company-owned restaurants follow local, state and federal laws as it relates to open carry weapons in our restaurants.

    For franchisee-owned restaurants, operational decisions regarding open carry weapon laws are made by the independent franchisee.

    That said, as with all aspects of operating a McDonald’s restaurant, we expect our franchisees and their crew to follow local, state and federal laws.”

    http://www.businessinsider.com/gun-policies-at-mcdonalds-and-dunkin-2013-9

  21. Redneck tin star goons think they’re hot shit working as keystone cops for a town called, “Bald Knob”. lol. Haha, they can polish my bald knob, fucking twats.


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