What’s more awesome than driving a tank? Driving a tank into someone's living room.
That must have been what what 80's action hero Steven Seagal was thinking when he decided to accompany Sheriff Joe Arpaio on a raid of an Arizona man accused of running of cock-fighting ring.
The target, Jesus Llovera’s, was suspected of illicit gambling and animal cruelty. Somewhere in the mix, Arizona law enforcement thought that an appropriate response would involve several armored cars, a tank, and dozens of sheriff’s deputies in full riot gear.
Almost like sandblasting a cracker, isn't it?
Robert Campus, Llovera’s attorney, believes the entire raid was staged 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.
However, according to a recent Forbes article, "Seagal told a local radio station that animal cruelty was one of his pet peeves, and since the bust was an animal cruelty bust, Seagal decided to go along for the ride."
Oddly enough, no one told him that rolling a tank into a living room filled with animals might pose as a threat to, well, the animals. The raid ended up killing "hundreds" of roosters (looks like Llovera was running a cock-fighting ring after all) and the family's puppy in the process.
The fallout of this whole bizarre episode? Segal is being sued for more than $100,000 by Llovera, who is also demanding a written apology from Seagal to his children for killing their puppy.
Folks, we are not making this up.