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