Virginia and Kevin Stephens have named Officer James Esbenshade, Chief of Police Ed Mercer and the City of Borough of Juneau in a civil lawsuit for the wrongful death of their son.
Juneau police officer James Esbenshade shot and killed Jelly Michael Stephens in late December while responding to a 911 call.
The pilot project in the Second Judicial District, which includes Utqiagvik, Kotzebue and Nome, is part of the court system’s response to COVID-19.
Porter turned on the emergency lights and drove the firetruck 15 miles to Fishermen’s Bar in Naknek. He had parked the truck in front of the bar when police officers arrived and arrested him.
Many Alaskans’ court cases have been thrown into legal limbo because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anyone entering a federal courthouse in Alaska must wear a mask or face covering or they will not be allowed inside.
Duane Fields, 48, is the only person known to have been criminally prosecuted in the state for violating coronavirus quarantine rules.
Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Joel Bolger issued the order on Monday, saying it’s not possible to maintain social distancing in courthouses around the state.
What do the data show about police shootings and use of force in Alaska, and how often it’s used on black and Alaska Native people? What policies govern use of force by the police? What do we know about how officers are disciplined for violating those policies? And does the ethnic makeup of Alaska law enforcement agencies mirror the communities they police?
Protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement drew thousands of residents from around Southcentral Alaska who marched peacefully over the weekend. One of the most-watched – and well-attended – was a protest in Palmer that raised concerns about violence but ended mostly peacefully on Saturday. The march, advertised as the Palmer Vigil for…