According to federal charges, the officer smuggled Suboxone strips and burner cellphones for an inmate serving a 100-year sentence for two first-degree murder convictions.
Travel industry advocate says a shutdown would be “effectively cutting the cord of our microphone right now as we are saying to the world: ‘Go big, go Alaska.'”
By failing to collect those DNA samples, law enforcement has left Alaska’s DNA database with crucial gaps, allowing at least one serial rapist to go undetected.
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.
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?
The Skagway Borough Assembly formally voiced its support for Police Chief Ray Leggett at a meeting last week. Leggett lost his Alaska police officer certification earlier this year after a lengthy legal battle with the state.
Skagway’s longtime police chief is working without state certification. The council that oversees those accreditations revoked Ray Leggett’s certification because, it says, there is substantial doubt that he has “good moral character.” Leggett calls the decision a “miscarriage of justice.”
The Bethel Police Department says it’s still working to improve hiring practices, but it’s unclear if two former officers involved in high-profile misconduct cases have had their police certifications removed.
John Marvin allegedly attacked Tony Wallace and Matthew Tokuoka one year before fatal shooting.