FLORENCE, AZ - A small group of protesters has gathered at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office to show their disapproval of Sheriff Paul Babeu.
The Immigrant Advocacy Foundation said they planned to protest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Florence building.
An ABC15 crew at the scene said that at 11 a.m. only six people were on hand, including Pinal County sheriff's candidate Tom Bearup. That group eventually grew to between 15 and 20 people.
Babeu initially made statements that a burned vehicle found in the desert over the weekend was connected to drug cartels.
Babeu wrote the following message Saturday on his Facebook page:
All information is pointing that this is connected to the violent drug cartel smuggling in this high smuggling area. We have been working closely with ICE, US Border Patrol and other local law enforcement to fight back against the drug cartel smuggling. The border is NOT more secure than ever Ms. Napolitano!
Police confirmed Tuesday that the vehicle with five bodies found inside is tied to a missing family in Tempe and may be a murder-suicide.
“The immigrant community is sick of Paul Babeu using immigrants as his scapegoats to further his political career,” wrote Immigrant Advocacy Foundation spokesman Carlos Galindo in a news release.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation into the burned vehicle.
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