Movie Star Steven Seagal Joins Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Train Armed ‘Posse’ as School Guards

Arpaio says other notable people also have joined his more than 3,000-strong volunteer armed posse, including “The Incredible Hulk” star Lou Ferrigno and actor Peter Lupus of TV’s “Mission: Impossible.”

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks with the media talking about the Sheriff’s new program providing security around schools in his jurisdiction, at Anthem Elementary School Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, Phoenix.

The self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff” in America joined forces this weekend with action movie star Steven Seagal to train volunteer posse members to defend Phoenix-area schools against gunmen.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced the controversial plan in the wake of the December Newtown, Conn., school shooting that left 27 people dead, including the gunman and 20 first-graders.

The exercise Saturday was held at a closed school site in suburban Fountain Hills outside Phoenix where sheriff’s SWAT members acted as shooters and 25 teenagers played the part of students during mock scenarios involving up to three gunmen. According to 3TV, the group practiced with several different types of guns, all firing blanks.

Seagal, best known for his roles in movies such as “Above the Law” and “Under Siege,” will lead training on hand-to-hand defense tactics and other techniques drawing from his expertise in martial arts, according to a sheriff’s office news release.


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