Oh Sheriff Joe, you are truly the gift that keeps on giving (and spending tax dollars in stupid, self-promotional ways). First you dug up a bunch of washed up Hollywood stars to join your illegal immigration posse. Then you teamed up with one of those aging actors, Steven Seagal, to film a ‘Reality TV’ series here in the Valley. (After Seagal abandoned his former filming location in Mississippi when sleazy sex allegations surfaced.)
And now Sheriff & Seagal are rolling through the Valley’s streets, and knocking over houses, in a tank armed with a camera crew to film it all.
In case you missed it, Arpaio recently sent out the entire SWAT team to bust one guy on suspicion of raising birds for cockfighting. But what didn’t come out until now, was that Sheriff & Seagal sent in the heavy artillery, literally, to free those poor chickens.
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Sounds pretty funny actually, unless you are the woman living next to the suspect. According to CBS 5,
“Neighbor Debra Ross was so worried she called 911 and went outside where a nearby home had its windows blown out, was crawling with dozens of SWAT members in full gear, armored vehicles and a bomb robot.
‘When the tank [with Steven Seagal inside] came in and pushed the wall over and you see what’s in there, and all it is, is a bunch of chickens,’ Ross said.”
Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Department had no reason to think the suspect might be armed and/or dangerous, the report says. In fact, the suspect, Llovera who was previously convicted of a misdemeanor for attending a cockfight, has no history of felony crimes or even owning weapons.
“Yet the sheriff’s office said they had reasons to believe Llovera might be armed.
‘We’re going to err on the side of caution. We’re going to make sure that we have the appropriate amount of force in case we do run into anything like that,” said Sgt. Jesse Spurgin.”
But what about those poor chickens, you say? Something had to be done to save those chicken, even if it costs tens of thousands in tax dollars. Well, unfortunately, 115 birds were euthanized on the spot, and Sheriff Joe admitted he has no idea what will happen to the rest of the captive cluckers. So, um, we hope it’s one hell of a TV show.
Cue Jason Rose (aka Sheriff Joe’s talking head) media alert in 3, 2, 1 …