Joe Arpaio and Steven Seagal Sued Over Cockfighting Raid/Reality Show Fodder

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The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, action-movie star Steven Seagal, and others have been named in a lawsuit stemming from a raid last year where Arpaio and his boys brought the dog-and-pony show to arrest a single cockfighting suspect.

Attorney Robert Campos -- who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the arrestee, Jesus Llovera -- tells New Times his client's civil rights were violated during the raid, claiming the entire "purpose and setup was to provide publicity for Seagal's [reality television] show."

In the lawsuit, Campos says the MCSO started an investigation into Llovera for cockfighting, and eventually "laid siege" on Llovera's house early on March 9, 2011.

Llovera -- who was on probation for a low-level misdemeanor he earned by watching a cockfight -- may or may not have been allowed to have animals as part of his probation, and the raid came after a detective said he saw and heard animals at Llovera's place the day before.

An armored truck loaded with MCSO deputies, Seagal's producers, and cameramen smashed through the gated driveway in the front of the house, while a tank occupied by Seagal and sheriff's deputies rolled over a gate in the back.

The lawsuit says "diversionary bombs" were deployed as deputies exited the tank, and a door and a window were smashed so the MCSO could make its entrance.

Remember, we're talking about a guy who's on probation for a low-level misdemeanor, which Campos equates to "as serious as a traffic ticket."

"At least thirty" MCSO Tactical Operations Unit personnel rushed into Llovera's home in full riot gear, and arrested him without incident, the lawsuit says.

Then it was time for Llovera to sign the release to be on Seagal's television show, Lawman.

Llovera refused to sign the release, which pretty much ruined what the lawsuit calls Arpaio's urge "to subject Mr. Llovera to a very public and humiliating arrest in front of Seagal's cameras, even though he knew that Mr. Llovera had not violated any criminal statutes."

But the news still got out about Llovera's arrest because -- of course -- Arpaio sent out a press release, inviting the local news media to cover the spectacle.

"Is this the way to spend money, use resources to arrest one person?" Campos asks New Times. "The sheriff's representatives say you can't [take] any chances, but you have to use common sense with your resources in law enforcement."

The response from the sheriff's office about the whole thing came out in September, after Seagal was accused of shooting a puppy in the head.

"Llovera was known to Sheriff's deputies and Phoenix Police to have potential ties to a Mexican drug cartel," a press release said. "He had been previously arrested on cockfighting charges. Sheriff's deputies were also warned that it was possible other drug cartel members might be present at Llovera's home so extra precautions in the deployment of personnel and equipment were taken to safeguard the operation."

Campos dismisses the cartel accusation as "a bunch of hokey."

Campos says Seagal's a big part of the lawsuit because he wasn't even a valid member of law enforcement -- he was just a civilian when he rolled in armed to Llovera's house.

We've already covered Seagal's issues with playing cop, which you can read about by clicking here.

Aside from seeking monetary damages for the whole event -- and Llovera's damaged property -- Campos says he wants "the community to say, 'Enough is enough, he's not prosecuting legitimate sex offenses, and there's no money.'"

You can read through the details of the lawsuit below:

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LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I can agree that bringing Seagal in was a stupid idea.

I can also agree that 30 officers are NOT needed to arrest ONE person for alleged cockfighting.

How much taxpayer dough does this fool want to make his case go away?  

narizona
narizona

Hey seagull ,I really used to look up to you because of your expertise in martial arts ,what the fuck are you doing with this fucked up sheriff , remember NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW, you have turned into a piece of shit handing out with that senile turd , is the movie industry so bad that you need to use Mr I don't know Media  tricks what a flake you have become!!!!!!

the_truth8799
the_truth8799

Monkey see, MONKEY DO!!!  Joe & his fukn Circus Acts... He definelty up shit creek without a paddle again!!!! Stop Racism & create Peace, Love & Harmony ..... yea rite!!!!

Biker4US
Biker4US

Who cares about a cockfight? A couple of Roosters going at it and one gets killed. Have a BB-Q and forget it. The same people that complain how awful and inhumane it is to animals run down to the supermarket and buy several chickens, of millions of chickens that are slaughtered every day, and they have them for dinner and then complain about the cockfight. Cockfights have been going on for thousands of years on all continents, and that will never stop. I don't condone it, but it's a tradition in some cultures, and it doesn't need police intervention or criminal restrictions of any kind. Pass the Col. Sander's Please!

Pastdaj
Pastdaj

What!, Arpaio didn't arrest Seagal? Don't you think he fits the profile? Couple of wanabee cops. Seagal disgraces martial arts no 1 rule is RESPECT!

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

 What else could one expect from a candy-ass and an egomaniac

DNichols
DNichols

Segal is a Low Life scraping rock Bottom to team up with Arpaio and do a Reality Show this Low, and Stupid.

Segal should have taken the Camera team to the little Town of Guadalupe, then he and Arpaio could have really been Brave and Yelled at the Woman Mayor again.

This made Arpaio feel like a Big Man.

What Bozo's!

BullShite
BullShite

This is what bothers me they can come kick your door cause all this shitand just chalk it up to well there were reports of this or that kind of criminal activity taking place.and wtf do you get in return if that turns out to be BS oh um sorry.

narizona
narizona

We have senile old ****'s that can't even remember what day it is,Pedophile perverts that sleep with 17 year olds ..and think its OK other sheriff's stealing money like there daddy Joey , what else can we expect from this circus of clowns? It's really amazing they are still in office!!!!!!!What happened to the great state of Arizona????? I think they are dipping into what they SUPPOSDLY confiscate . That's some weird shit going on . Maybe we've been subjected to some kind of biological warfare!!!!!!!!!

Dmongo
Dmongo

So one moron thinks he's a cop, the other moron thinks he's an actor. Hard to tell the loonies without a playbill...

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I just read an  article on Sheriff Paul Babeu.  Then I read this article centering around cockfighting.  Sometimes I need to tone down my imagination.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

...ask Llovera what happened to his finger.

The drug cartel hates it when their "employees" lose product.

Coz
Coz

Bozo Joe Arpaio, the Clown Show in Maricopa County that just never ends.

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

Isnt this a real hoot.......TWO pretend cops .......ARPAIO   and  SEGAL actually filmimg footage for a reality show under the guise of an "OFFICIAL POLICE RAID ".... should the man sue over this .?????   YOU BET YOUR ASS  HE SHOULD .........sue anyone involved the this the latest  of Arpaios  either drug or alochol  fueled fantactes.......  after all .... A REAL COP DOES NOT THINK OR OPERATE IN  THIS FASHION .....  WONDER IF ARPAIO  FOLLOWED  SEGAL AROUND WITH  A STIFFY?????? isnt Segal his hero .??????? right after Andrew Thomas ?????  oh thats  right.....Thomas is due to be dis barred  for his  short lived marriage to Arpaio.....................

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

There isn't a SWAT team in the county that serves warrants on misdemeanors. Not even MCSO.

It is obvious why this attorney is a lackey for the Cartel. He spins a mean yarn. It certainly doesn't help that Arpaio brought in that idiot Seagal. Just another example of the embarrassment Arpaio's antics create for the hard working Sheriffs employees.

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

A washed up movie star,a senile and dictator sherrif, the only thing missing is a Baboo with all the COCK fighting on scene.

Bob Hauser
Bob Hauser

If you ever get raided by the cops, and they are accompanied by phony "lookie lou" civilians or ride-alongs or anyone else who is not a formal member of law enforcement, either immediately order them off as the criminal trespassers they are or if necessary and you can get into a position to do it, slug the living crap out of whichever one of them you can reach---they can't get you for assault on a cop because the clown is not a law enforcement official, he's just a tag along cop buff out for cheap thrills or some self-proclaimed college student doing a "study" ---doesn't make a fiddler's f---    he or she is trespassing.

Bob Hauser
Bob Hauser

Well...after the BATFink's "fast and furious" op which resulted in the blood of Brian Terry being on their hands as well as Ovomit's and Holder's, I can't say I blame the Sheriff for maybe overdoing it with the armored units....I do hope, however, that the seagull (seagulls voraciously feed on garbage), Stevie Seagal gets the living crap sued out of him so horrifically that he ends up in hock to Llovera for the gold in his teeth. He was, at absolute minimum, guilty of criminal trespass on the man's property....been quite a problem with that throughout the country...damned cops dragging along the lick spittle press and other cop buffs when they raid people's homes. If they are not specifically bona fide members of law enforcement, they are trespassers and can be ordered off the premises. 

Ajai
Ajai

Toughest sheriff in America eh?  If one defines "toughest" as the biggest waste of time, space,  money and perfectly good oxegen - I guess.  I'm new here in Phoenix, how is this man has kept his job so long?

Flyingordiving
Flyingordiving

Go Joe!  My hero strikes again. What a F'n idiot.  Glad I left AZ to keep my tax dollar from being wasted by "America's biggest media whore ego."   Vote him in again AZ, while the rest of the country ROTFLOAO, he is very expensive entertainment.

Bnbk
Bnbk

I hope they don't end up settling in this case. I sure would like to see ASSpaio get on the stand and prove his senility once again by using his famous "I don't recall" testimony technique. 

Coz
Coz

Nothing....you just get to clean up the mess and whatever that costs.

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

We all know what happened to ru$$ell pearce's finger. Why do you care about some chicken farmer's pinky?

Do white supremacists hate it when they lose their "products"?

Bnbk
Bnbk

Does MCSO have evidence to support your comment or is it just speculation on your part ? If MCSO does have evidence,why was it not used to arrest Llovera instead of staging this dog & pony show ? I'm not trying to be a smart ass,just curious.

Coz
Coz

Not true, the last time the MSCO Keystone SWAT Kops raided a house that they burned down was in fact for a misdemeanor warrant.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com...

As for the rest of your post...did you fall on your head ?...not like you to post something negative about your hero.

Truth
Truth

cut the shit you mindless drone quit sippin on the kool aide

DNichols
DNichols

He uses Pink Re-Election gimmicks, Panties, Hand Cuffies ect.
All custom made costing Tax Payers wasted Millions, however the Arizona voting sheep eat this garbage up.

Especially Sun City.

Native Guns
Native Guns

His ghastly hordes of feeble supporters says he's "tough on crime". So "tough" that he needed a 40 ton tank to bulldoze a flop house full of chickens, hens and roosters. And more than 2 dozen full blown SWAT officers to take down one lone unarmed suspect.

I think it's only fair to say that we know who the real chicken is.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Justification for the use of force is most definitely there. This Llovera is a legitimate bad guy, not the 'chicken farmer' his attorney is attempting to portray him as. The comments I made are supported in the affidavit for the search warrant on Llovera. Ask his attorney if it's not in the affidavit.

There is absolutely no justification for the circus that is Seagal. None.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Provide one comment of me praising Arpaio for something. I can recall one time that I stated he did the right thing...once. Can you provide evidence to support your accusation that I am constantly in support of arpaio? Will you make the attempt only to discover you can't and then tell me it's not your job to search my history in order to support your remarks?

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Kush was an armed robbery suspect and the search warrant executed on his house was written to secure Kush AND any evidence that linked him to his crimes. That warrant was not written nor executed to arrest a subject wanted for misdemeanor warrants as you are suggesting.

Try again.

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

 Actually Coz, he got it slopped off, this after he gave the arresting Mexican a finger. It happened way back during his glory days as a Deputy Dawg.

Fuck you, Arpaio
Fuck you, Arpaio

Knowing that now I'm wondering what Rusty puts on his Adam 4 Adam profile......

Coz
Coz

Lost it accidentally while putting up the cross at his monthly Klan meeting.

Fuck you, Arpaio
Fuck you, Arpaio

You can be such an asshole sometimes. You have one of the best sense of humors then you pull that shit.  Too bad............

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 It must not be all that difficult for you to appeal to the "lowest common denominator."

As deputy _____________, a member of the MCSO, you represent the "lowest common denominator" of any law enforcement agency in the nation.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

It's difficult for me to appeal to the lowest common denominator when posting on this site. You will have to forgive me for not taking the time to address these issues in a manner that even you can understand.

Your responses to my comments are, at least, consistant. One comment is no less vapid than any other you've made. Is "David saint" the new screen name for ptcgaz?

david saint
david saint

lol well according to the deputy who first went to his house, you are wrong..as was MCSO.  read the thing moron, it CLEARLY says "detective barnett did not see nor hear anything related to cockfighting"..other than a bunch of roosters running around. Hardly grounds for the stunt they pulled.. anti arpaio = thousands +...arpaio apologists = ZERO

Bnbk
Bnbk

Fair enough,it's a damm shame that Arpaio would choose to go the route he did instead of going after Llovera on legitimate charges. The JoKKKes thirst for publicity will never be quenched.

Fuck you, Arpaio.....
Fuck you, Arpaio.....

There is the time when you said he did a good job for getting that website taken down....the cop killer site.

Other than that you don't defend him. You have defended the honor of the office. Sorry to say but there isn't much honor left regarding the MCSO.

That is unfortunate for you and others who deserve better than Arpaio as boss.

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