[Updated; Arpaio pardoned]: Former Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt in racial profiling case

[Update: U.S. President Donald Trump on Aug. 25 pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The city of Apache Junction is primarily in Pinal County and includes property west of Meridian, in Maricopa County. Mr. Arpaio was often a featured speaker in Apache Junction and Gold Canyon, such as the Arizona Winter Visitors Association’s annual welcome home bash at 9 a.m. Dec. 5, 2016, at Barleens Arizona Opry, 2275 Old West Highway in Apache Junction; and at the Jan. 27, 2016, meeting of the Rotary Club of Superstition]

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is guilty of criminal contempt for deliberately defying a court order arising from a racial profiling case, a federal court judge ruled on Monday, July 31.

Civil rights leaders want six Confederate memorials in Arizona removed, including one in Gold Canyon

Local civil rights and faith leaders are pushing for the removal of six Confederate memorials in Arizona, calling them symbols of terrorism and bigotry. One is in Gold Canyon.

“We can’t go through our daily lives honoring symbols of hate, symbols of separation, symbols of segregation designed to tear us apart and deepen our wounds,” said Rep. Reginald Bolding.

Leaders of local NAACP chapters and Black Lives Matter Phoenix said taxpayer dollars should not be spent to maintain the memorials, including one on the grounds of the state Capitol.

The Arizona group wants six memorials removed immediately: