Arpaio gets a TV show

And why does it not surprise me it’s a FOX show?  Ugh!

via Jon’s Jail Journal

‘Toughest Sheriff’ takes act to small screen

HOLLYWOOD, California (CNN) — Reality television featuring law enforcement officers on the beat is nothing new. A show featuring a lawman who makes jailed inmates wear pink underwear and uses actors to trick suspects, however, is a new twist.

Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio — whose showy brand of justice has raised charges of discrimination and civil-rights abuses while making him a hero among fans of his tough-on-crime attitudes — will star in “Smile: You’re Under Arrest.”

The show, which premiers this weekend on Fox Reality Channel, features Arpaio and other officers using elaborate ploys crafted by comedy writers and carried out by professional actors to arrest suspects with outstanding warrants. […]

“It’s kind of fun to show how stupid they are and, as I say, the looks on their face,” Arpaio, 76, said of the suspects wanted for DUIs, drug charges, missed court dates and other offenses.

But Arpaio’s critics aren’t amused. […]

“It’s going to celebrate a sheriff that’s frankly scaring this community, a sheriff that has seen violent crime increase significantly in his county, a sheriff that is racially profiling the Latino community, and I doubt that the show is going to reflect that,” said Paco Fabian, spokesman for the immigrant-rights group America’s Voice. […]

Fabian said America’s Voice is considering putting pressure on companies that advertise during Arpaio’s show. Either way, the series offers another moment in the spotlight for a lawman who has never shied away from it.

“I’m not going to brag,” Arpaio said, “but there isn’t anybody in the world who doesn’t know who this sheriff is.”

If you are a U.S. citizen and wish to sign a petition against Sheriff Joe Arpaio click here.

Advertisements

About Melissa

I love donuts. Chocolate iced, hold the sprinkles.
This entry was posted in general assholery, prison system. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s