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From the cast of Celebrity COPS:


Steven Seagal is being threatened with a lawsuit over his part in a police raid that was taped for his A&E reality show, TMZ reported. 

The actor, who has served as a reserve deputy sheriff since the mid-'80s, was part of a team that arrived at Jesus Sanchez Llovera's Arizona house in March with a tank and armed in full riot gear, Llovera alleges in his legal documents.

Llovera was busted on raising roosters with an intent to fight them.

I'm sure the tank was mostly for publicity, but it follows the increasing trend of militarizing the police. There's a show on television now (can't remember the name) where Detroit cops just show off all the paramilitary gear in their possession. It's basically just little boys and their toys. Except their toys will kill you. And no one will care.

H/T TPM.

Read Balko for more on the militarization of cops.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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