Last month, Maricopa County, Arizona’s notoriously anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that he would send armed “posses” to patrol schools in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. Arpaio’s band of armed volunteers, which now includes nearly 3,500 members, includes many people with criminal pasts.
Arizona residents can rest assured, however, that this band of armed vigilantes will not be sent out into the field without training. Rather, Arpaio will offer them the best preparation a washed up 1990s action star can provide:
Steven Seagal, 60, star of “Above the Law” and “Under Siege,” will lead members of the Arizona sheriff’s volunteer posse through a simulated school shooting today.
The volunteer posse, which is nearly 3,500-strong, has been used to patrol shopping malls during the holiday season and scope out undocumented immigrants, and now Arpaio plans to have them patrol areas surrounding schools in Arizona’s most populous county, Maricopa, which includes Phoenix.
“Volunteers will learn operating procedures on how to handle one, two and three shooter scenarios as well as room entry tactics and hand to hand combat,” the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Arpaio said last month that some of his vigilante school patrol will carry automatic weapons.