The police officer initially lost his job and his certification over allegations of excessive force against prisoners, but a legal loophole prevents the state from taking action.
According to Alaska State Troopers, all but one of the passengers were confirmed dead on scene; that person died on their way to the hospital.
The resident had been clearing a trail about a mile behind his property.
The new position is funded from $1.5 million set aside by the Justice Department to hire coordinators in 11 states.
The crew had been fishing on the F/V Magnus Martens of Juneau and F/V Vigilant of Petersburg.
“We want to show people that we’re trying to be transparent. We’re not trying to hide anything. We’re just trying to do the best job we can and serve the community.”
During an assembly meeting on race and policing, a Juneau resident said he was mistaken for another man with a Spanish name.
This is not the first time that the fire station has been fully staffed by women, but it’s reflective of a trend over the past decade.
How force is reported also varies by department. Some require a police officer to report the threat of force — such as if they unholster their gun and point it at someone. Others only consider actual physical force used.
The courts have different names and rules throughout the state — some focus on drug use, others on alcohol. And some specialize in categories of defendants, like parents or military veterans.