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Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has become something of a celebrity, but he seems to have jumped the shark. What else can explain how a simple arrest of a man suspected of the fowl crime of cockfighting somehow required the use of armored vehicles, including a tank. And the Sheriff had no reason to believe that the man was either armed or dangerous.

But that didn’t stop the operation, which involved a massive show of force: dozens of SWAT team members, and even a bomb robot. Over a hundred chickens were killed, and thousands of dollars in damage were done to the arrested man’s property.

But the strangest thing is that actor Steven Seagal was riding in the tank. Apparently Arpaio and Seagal have signed a contract allowing Seagal — who stars in a television show called “Lawman” — the right to go along with the sheriff as he arrests people.

Well, I guess it was worth all that money so that Seagal could get a good show.

UPDATE: Steven Seagal makes things even murkier by lying. But wait, there’s more!



  1. Dan wrote:

    “Reality” TV? The more outrageous the better the ratings. Sad.

    Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Permalink
  2. starluna wrote:

    If I were the arrested man, I would have my lawyer filing all kinds of lawsuits around this.

    Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Permalink