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Arpaio opponents demand Sheriff resigns

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The wave of opposition against Sheriff Joe Arpaio may be growing.

A packed house of protestors attended a Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meeting, where they made another call for Arpaio's resignation.

"No one would be able to get away with this kind of gross negligence," said one of the protestors.

Arpaio has been under fire since reports surfaced that his office mishandled more than 400 sex-crimes cases several years ago.

More than 100 Arpaio opponents attended the board meeting including leaders of the group Citizens for a Better Arizona.

"We believe this is the beginning of a process that will end with Sheriff Joe resigning," said Randy Parraz, with Citizens for a Better Arizona. "It's up to us now as citizens to hold him accountable and we intend on doing that."

Parraz said the case against Arapio has been building for years, including a Justice Dept. investigation, ongoing lawsuits to accusations Arpaio misspent more than $100 million in taxpayer money.

CBS-5 spoke to MCSO Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan about the allegations against Arpaio and calls for the Sheriff's resignation.

Sheridan claims said that the protests are all about Arpaio's policies on illegal immigration and his opponents are using the old sex crimes cases as a political ploy.

"The instant we discovered we had a problem with the sex crimes unit, Sheriff Arpaio assigned 30 detectives to immediately follow up on the cases. "They were just using this as a tool to come in and raise hell."

There were also a significant number of Arpaio supporters at Wednesday's board meeting.

They said that the Sheriff is being unfairly targeted and remains extremely popular across Maricopa County.

Since Arpaio is an elected official, the Board does not have the authority to fire him.

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