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Exclusive: Sheriff Arpaio plans crime suppression sweep Friday

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Just two weeks after a judge ordered major changes at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Joe Arpaio told FOX 10 his deputies will launch a crime suppression operation Friday.

Deputies and the Sheriff's volunteer posse reportedly started the operation Friday morning and focuses in the southwest Phoenix area.

A federal judge recently ruled that deputies racially profiled during those sweeps. These are the sweeps that got the sheriff's office in trouble in the first place.

The sheriff tells us his deputies are professional and they are going to carry out this operation -- even though the changes the judge ordered aren't even close to being implemented.

"If you think I am going to Hawaii on vacation and stopping to lock people up? That is not going to happen," said Arpaio.

The sheriff is not backing down despite a judge's ruling that this department must drastically change how it operates.

"I'm not going to stop doing my job and arresting drug traffickers and gangs. We are going to continue to do my job."

Two weeks ago, a federal judge ordered the sheriff's office to keep detailed records of who it pulls over and why, and install cameras on patrol cars.

The surprisingly detailed ruling also called for a monitor to be placed inside MCSO. None of that has happened yet.

The sheriff claims this operation was planned in reaction to the shooting death of a detention officer back in August, and was in the works before the judge's ruling.

"We not going after illegal aliens, we are going after those who have violated state laws," added Arpaio.

"The reason why he is being sued is because of these," said Carlos Garcia with Puente Arizona.

Carlos Garcia has alerted an army of volunteers.

"I think he is trying to hurry before the monitor gets there. We are ready."

Armed with video cameras, they will be watching. Their work during previous operations helped win that racial profiling lawsuit.

"The major things we were able to see last time is that brown people were being treated different than white people. That is one of the things we are looking for, who is being pulled over. It is also important what side of town they are on."

A briefing on what happens during the operation is expected Friday afternoon.

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