House Raided by Sheriff, Star, Tank

Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and visiting lawman Steven Seagal went on a raid to a home in the West Valley area of Phoenix, where a man was suspected of cockfighting. The search warrant was executed as the SWAT team rolled into the neighborhood in armored vehicles led by a tank. They arrested Jesus Llovera during the raid Monday.
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.

One neighbor was so frightened she called 911 to report the raid. -via reddit

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Something similar happened where I live a few years ago. The police showed up with a tank to raid the house of a peaceful tai chi teacher and his wife and little kid. I can't remember what they suspected him of, but they didn't find anything.
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I am utterly not surprised that this was carried out by a fascist like Sheriff Arpaio. He is the very definition of fascist pig, amster of mistaken tips and overkill (in this case it was just overkill and he loves to grandstand. All for the glorious Empire of Maricopa County. How does he keep getting re-elected? Oh right it's Arizona
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