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Sherriff Arpaio uses tank in neighborhood to make a HUGE bust...of a cock fighting ring! with Steven Segal...appropriate amount of force ?

PHOENIX -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio rolled out the tanks to take down a man suspected of cockfighting.


West Valley residents in the neighborhood are crying foul after armored vehicles, including a tank, rolled into their neighborhood to make the bust.

•VIDEO: Steven Seagal, Sheriff Raid Valley Home In Tank



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 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.

In a massive show of force on Monday, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant and arrested the homeowner, Jesus Llovera, on charges of suspected cockfighting.

Llovera was alone in the house at the time of the arrest, and he was unarmed.

“I think taxpayers should be shocked,” said Robert Campus, Llovera’s attorney. Campus said he believes the operation costs tens of thousands of dollars.

Deputies had no probable cause to believe Llovera was armed or dangerous, according to Campus.

Campus said he believes the entire scene was basically a stage, to help actor Steven Seagal’s TV show, “Lawman.”

Seagal was riding in the tank.

The Sheriff’s Department has entered into a contract with Seagal and part of that contract gives Seagal carte blanche to go along with the sheriff as he arrests people.

Thousands of dollars in damages were made to the property and 115 birds were euthanized on the spot.

Llovera was convicted of a misdemeanor last year of attending a cockfight and has no history of 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.




The Sheriff’s Department has entered into a contract with Seagal and part of that contract gives Seagal carte blanche to go along with the sheriff as he arrests people.

^ conflict with his duties as sherriff?

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 12:58 PM on Mar. 22, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • We have roundups of cockfighting rings frequently here. Never once has the sheriff's department needed any more than their standard patrol cars, and they've arrested more than a dozen people at a time!

    This is grandstanding... and a waste of the taxpayers' money.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:01 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • One more thought... hopefully Seagal's company paid the fees. And will pay if Llovera sues for destruction of property.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:02 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • I'm a HUGE fan of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He does his job and he does it well. (AZ resident)

    kiansmom0423

    Answer by kiansmom0423 at 1:03 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • He does his job and he does it well.


    No he doesn't . He ignores American criminals....he is under investigation AGAIn....

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:05 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • Grandstanding on the sheriff's part and Seagal seems to have lost his mind. I've seen that ridiculous show he has on. That said, I truly cannot stand when people use animals to fight each other so they can gamble or get some thrill out of the "sport". They probably should not have done a raid, definitely not with a tank, until they were certain that was going on.
    wildflowers25

    Answer by wildflowers25 at 1:06 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • that is ridiculous and a complete abuse of power. there is no reason why a simple bust with just a few squad cars and police officers couldnt surfice. ridiculous. i hope segal is paying for all the damages and the use of tanks and weapons not needed. come on a cockfight?! so so stupid.
    laura970

    Answer by laura970 at 1:06 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:07 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • What did they "have reason to believe" he was armed with? Something bad-ass enough for them to need tanks?

    Hopefully the costs of such a gross overreaction were covered by Seagal's show.
    DusterMommy

    Answer by DusterMommy at 1:09 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • Totally uncalled for and costly........
    older

    Answer by older at 1:13 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • 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.


    IMO, Let the Residence of Maricopa, AZ decide... The number one job of government is to protect the people.  If law enforcement felt this was appropriate, let the residence they protect and serve decide if it was appropriate...

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:13 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

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