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Sylvester NAACP gets residents fired up about Sheriff Hobby petition

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SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

People from Worth County learned more about the recall petition for Sheriff Jeff Hobby during a NAACP community meeting.

Sylvester-Worth NAACP chapter members got the community fired up about a petition to remove Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby.

"If you let something go over your head long enough, they'll keep doing it. And they'll keep doing it. And it will be done over, and over and over again," said Cornelius James, which is why he wants to put a stop it.

This comes after the controversial drug search of students at Worth County High School in April

"I don't think that violating especially children's rights, that's unacceptable," remarked James. 

His younger brother was one of 900 students who claim deputies patted them down intrusively.

NAACP collected more than 200 valid voter signatures, a Board of Elections requirement to start the petition. 

Now they need 3,500 more signatures or 30 percent of registered voters from the last election for his recall.

"If we got to put boots to the ground, knock on doors, we will do that," said Pastor Ronnie Banks.

Pastor Banks said it's not a black issue but injustice.

"It's with a kid that can't vote for himself and can't stand to fight right now for themselves," explained Pastor Banks. 

For James, it was about setting an example for his brother.

"I want to be a positive role model for him and my son," said James. 

You can only sign the petition if you voted in the last election. 

Sylvester-Worth NAACP has until September 6th at 1 p.m. to collect all of those 3,500 signatures to recall Sheriff Hobby. 

They plan to have seven team leaders with five members. Each member is responsible for collecting 100 signatures. 

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