PHOENIX - Supporters of a campaign to recall Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have set up camp in downtown Phoenix.
Camp "Recall Arpaio” is set up on Jefferson Street at 2nd Avenue in front of the Board of Supervisors auditorium.
Supporters of the recall will be camped out until May 30 at 5 p.m., the deadline for recall petitions to be submitted.
The renewed effort to recall Arpiao comes on the heels of a ruling by a federal judge on Friday which found that Arpaio and his office racially profiles Latinos during crime sweeps.
"Citizens need to understand the severity of Judge Snow's decision and what it means for Latinos and all those who reside here in Maricopa County. Sheriff Arpaio pursued racist policies and intentionally appealed to the fears and prejudices of Maricopa voters just to get elected," stated Randy Parraz, President of CBA. “Arpaio needs to either resign or be removed from office by the voters."
In less than five days, camp "Recall Arpaio" needs to gather 90,000 more signatures, to bring the total number of signatures to 335,000 for this recall petition.
Activists set up tents in the county plaza. But across the street, supporters of the sheriff showed up Sunday to make sure their voices were heard too.
Jesus Ruiz says he was pulled over by Maricopa County deputies in a case of racial profiling.
"I'm a citizen of this country, I was born in California. And there's no reason for someone to pull me over and ask me for my social security number," Ruiz said.
For reasons like this, Ruiz and a handful of others set up their tents in hopes of gaining more supporters to kick out Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
"We're just hoping that this goes through, and that the votes come in, the signatures, that this happens," Ruiz said.
Despite a judge's ruling, Sheriff Arpaio's supporters don't believe MCSO engaged in racial profiling.
"The deputies that serve under Sheriff Joe are very professional men. Men and women, that put their lives on the line just like every first responder, just like our Phoenix cops," said Michelle Dallacroce, president and founder of Mothers Against Illegal Amnesty.
Dallacroce fully supports the sheriff and says voters do too -- in election after election.
"These are false charges, and they're just charges drummed up to try to bring down our sheriff, and that's just not going to happen," she said.
Arpaio has repeatedly denied allegations of racial profiling.
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