New Trainer for Joe Arpaio Posse: Steven Seagal
Actor runs simulated school shooting in Maricopa County
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2013 8:36 AM CST
Actor Steven Seagal visits Warsaw's Old Town while shooting the movie "Foreigner," in Poland, in this Jan. 31, 2002 file photo.   (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)

(Newser) – When "America's Toughest Sheriff" needs someone to train his "posse," who does he turn to? Steven Seagal, apparently. The aging action star was in Maricopa County over the weekend to train Sheriff Joe Arpaio's armed volunteers on how to handle a school shooting. Arpaio already has these posses patrolling local schools, a plan that's not universally adored. Saturday's training session involved a simulated school shooting at a vacant school; 25 teen volunteers took part while posse members practiced how to deal with multiple shooters. ABC News notes that some posse members have criminal records ranging from assault to sex crimes against children.

Right now, the posses stay around the perimeter of the schools, but an Arpaio rep says they'll be authorized to enter if a real emergency arises. Seagal, a friend of Arpaio's and already a member of one of his posses, led other training that included hand-to-hand combat and the use of semi-automatic rifles using fake bullets. Of course, the training has quite a few opponents, and Seagal had words for them, ABC News reports. “Anybody who has criticized me or the sheriff for standing up to help the children, in my opinion, is an embarrassment to the human race," he said.

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SuperLemonTony
Feb 12, 2013 10:43 AM CST
So they want to know how to fall fast from an "action hero" character role and get all fat with couple three chins? I could teach em that.. umm I would have to find the cool "yellow" glasses somewhere because that right there add's about 20 degrees of coolness.
hog_one
Feb 12, 2013 3:50 AM CST
Steven Seagal, 1st marrage ended because he liked his 18 year old babysetter. 2nd marrage ended because he wanted tobe married to Kelly LeBlac. 3rd marrage ended because she wouldn't be his punching bag. Has been charged for assult twice, both times ended with an out-of-court settelment. Joe Arpaio, claims too have been undercover DEA agent, no proof given. Claims to have given Elvis a speeding ticket in Vegas. The time Sheriff Joe said he gave Elvis the ticket, Elvis was stationed in Germany. Sheriff Joe now claims it was sometime prior to1959. Joe Arpaio claims that there is a 200,000 dollar contract on him setup by the Mexican Mafia, no proof given. But he does know how to play to the public and make it look like the press is after him too get re-elected.
right2dave
Feb 12, 2013 1:58 AM CST
Someone forgot to tell this guy his is an actor (or tries to be.)