In 2013, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio fell while entering a building, and was hospitalized with a broken arm.

This is what Arpaio said about the fall back in 2013 in a video released by the Sheriff’s Office:

“What happened is I blame myself, I fell and I broke my arm… tell you one thing I wouldn’t recommend that situation to anyone” said Arpaio.

Now, Arpaio has filed a lawsuit asking for his medical bills to be paid by property owners of the downtown Phoenix building where he tripped and fell. He claims that there was a piece of metal sticking out of the sidewalk and a drainage grate and he tripped over it. Arpaio is seeking damages including pain and suffering and physical injury. He also wants compensation for his medical bills.

He says that he is still suffering from the fall to this day.

The controversial Sheriff is no stranger to lawsuits. It appears this may be the first time he’s on the filing end.  He’s currently fending off a lawsuit from immigration rights advocates over illegal workplace raids and in 2012, he lost a massive lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice for racial profiling.

Could it be that he’s trying to gin up some extra cash for a retirement? (It’s never too soon, Sheriff Joe!)

  • Pedro

    He really is a jerk for treating those poor felons badly. They really should have an easy time in jail, after all that’s what jail is for.

    • Hypatia Livingston

      Just an FYI — felons don’t end up in jails except on their way to prison. Sentences that are typically longer than 1 year are reserved for state prisons and violent felons go to prison, not the local jail. So all those men he was dressing up in pink were minor non-violent offenders. Like DUi’s, minor drug charges, petty theft.

      Not sure it matters but it’s easy to play tough guy when the people you’re dealing with are in shackles anyway 🙂

  • Maheni

    I don’t get this at all, if this were a normal person they would have brought up the claims at the start, not later on. Maybe he is realizing that he does not make the money he wishes he did and just can’t own up to his own mistakes and silliness? While the claim is legit, owners do have a responsibility to maintain their property where is the proof and why such a change of who is really at fault here?

  • Midge Baker

    Poor Joe. He’s been getting bad press. So he’s trying to improve his image by playing the “I Am a Victim!” game.

  • Spiderwoman

    I’m sorry he was hurt and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. That being said, he’s a blowhard, attention seeker that wants to keep himself in the news in whichever way he can.

  • Skippy2000

    I’ve got mine so Fu…wait a minute…I DON’T GOT ALL OF MINE?

  • Dodie Peterson

    I’m sure the guy went to his lawyer and was told he should sue. It was pretty dumb of him to be quoted as saying it was his own fault, though. That could hurt him in court.