Sheriff Arpaio tags along during crime suppression sweep

Sheriff Arpaio tags along during crime suppression sweep

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PHOENIX -

Maricopa County Sheriff deputies hit the streets last week in a crime suppression sweep despite the fact that a court ordered MCSO to make changes to their policies regarding sweeps because of findings of racial profiling.

It wasn't just deputies who took part in the operation.

Video shows Sheriff Joe Arpaio himself performing traffic stops along with a deputy during that operation.

Some of the people he stopped even asked to take pictures with him.

He tweeted a video but says this video isn't for show, or to soften his image under allegations of racial profiling. He says it's a demonstration of support for his deputies.

"Everyone forgets they killed my officers. That's why I went out there, they assassinated my officers so we did that suppression in that area. I just decided that maybe I should go out and defend my deputies and I should stop a couple of cars. I had no idea who the occupants are -- so the allegations against my deputies -- I found out firsthand how they operate," Sheriff Arpaio told us.

"I figured this is a good way to have outreach so I had photos taken with them, that was the first stop. Stopped another car never knew who was in it, they were Hispanic, they recognized me. They wanted my photo, take them out of the car had a nice photo session."

In the past these operations resulted in several arrests of people in the country illegally.

This time, 22 people were arrested in the sweep, none with illegal status.

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