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Protesters march against sheriff's policies during Friday's hearing

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Friday, there was a hearing on MCSO's racial profiling case. The sheriff didn't attend Friday's hearing, saying his lawyers were there defending his agency and by showing up, he would draw more attention to the protesters.

Those protesters showed up at 7 a.m. and marched through downtown Phoenix sharing stories about their families.

Through song and prayer, a few dozen protestors gathered to urge Judge Murray Snow to force changes in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Many of the protesters were children.

"I want justice and I want them to stop Arpaio from what he's doing cause he arrested my parents four years ago and I want him to stop because it affects a lot of families," says Katherine Figueroa, 13.

Figueroa's parents work at a car wash to provide for their family, but they were arrested for showing false documents. Their court date is next month.

"They mean a lot to me, they're like the world to me," she says.

Katherine and her 2-year-old sister were born in Phoenix but next month they might have to move back to Mexico depending on what a judge says.

"It's difficult because all their effort it's just going in the trash. It's like all their effort didn't even work or nothing. They're just treating them like nothing."

"It is a sad situation… on the other hand when you violate the law on fake identification, which happened in this case and most of our cases, you have to obey the law," Sheriff Joe Arpaio told us.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio fears that many of the children at these demonstrations don't understand the big picture. As for the hearing, he says he understands Judge Snow has a job to do.

"Now if there's some decisions made in the federal court, I'm sure we can resolve it, work around it legally and constitutionally. On the other hand there's good chance we'll be appealing this anyway," he said.

We've just learned that as of today, the sheriff's office has issued new rules and deputies and jail guards will have to go through new training in an effort to prevent racial profiling and bias.

As for the protesters, they plan to be back at it on August 30th.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's updated arrest procedures:

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's updated authority and jurisdiction documents:

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's updated policy on preventing racial and other biased-based profiling:

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