Joe Arpaio's Fake Lawman Steven Seagal Slammed by Ex-MCSO Lawman Brian Sands
Here's one for the irony-bin, none other than Sheriff Joe Arpaio's stone-faced ex-Deputy Chief Brian Sands is acting as if he's acquired a sense of ethics since saying sayonara last year to a nearly 30 year career with the Sheriff's Office.
Nah, he's not objecting to the policy of prejudiced policing toward Latinos, which he helped form and implement during his time as an Arpaio henchman, a policy that the MCSO recently revealed will cost the county at least $21.9 million to correct per a federal judge's order.
Rather, Sands supposedly is rankled by ham-actor Steven Seagal's high-handedness and egocentric antics in dealing with actual sworn lawmen of the MCSO. This, while Seagal played at being a member of the sheriff's posse for Seagal's defunct series on A&E, Steven Seagal: Lawman.
In an interview with Channel 12's Joe Dana, Sands related an incident where Seagal supposedly berated a sheriff's deputy after a member of the bloated, decrepit action hero's entourage was stopped for speeding in Cave Creek.
MCSO flack Lisa Allen countered that she had spoken to Seagal who denied the allegations. So, of course, Seagal, the has-been movie star, is right, and the MCSO deputy is wrong.
Seagal: plays a lawman on TV...badly...
Sands also told Dana that Seagal refused to get required posse training, even though he wanted to be the first through the door on certain occasions.
"The SWAT Team complained to me that he was trying to make entries as the lead officer going inside the door, which is something that is very high-risk," Sands told Dana.
Posse members are not certified byArizona's Peace Officer Standards and Training Board. Basically, they can act in support roles, though the MCSO has been known to skirt this line.
Not only is Seagal not POST-certified, he came to the MCSO with baggage, having resigned his reserve position with the Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) Sheriff's Office -- onetime host of his canceled A&E show -- rather than return to face internal affairs questioning over allegations involving a sexual harassment claim.
Seagal ended up in Sand Land, riding shotgun with Arpaio's forces, as they obliged Seagal's producers by laying siege to a farmhouse where hundreds of roosters were being raised, allegedly for cockfighting. Notable was the use of a tank to roll through a fence.
The footage has since been acquired by a cable channel called REELZ, which the MCSO has been helping to hype.
Why does the MCSO bend over backwards for Seagal?
A mutual interest in publicity surely is one factor.
Sands suggests another -- that MCSO Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan's wife "brokered the purchase of a home for Seagal," according to Dana's piece.