A new multimedia project aims to improve how Black Alaskans are represented in the media and increase their visibility.
Juneau’s Chief of Police Ed Mercer is the city’s first Alaska Native police chief. He’s been with the Juneau Police Department for more than 20 years and has been the chief since 2017.
The video posted to YouTube shows the teacher leading a conversation about police killing Black people, including the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. She does not defend Chauvin, but says Floyd would be alive if he had complied with police orders.
The president of the Alaska Black Caucus says there is still much work to do to improve racial equity in Alaska and elsewhere — and not just in law enforcement.
The policy changes promote the use of de-escalation techniques, tell officers to seek medical care when needed, and require them to terminate force as soon as a person is compliant.
Duplantis and other Republican challengers focused their campaigns on the larger dividend payments — not on the deep budget cuts that would almost certainly have to come with them.
State attorneys say they are reviewing the material in light of the family’s request and will respond by early next week.
“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.”
Alumni say they were inspired by recent protests across the country — and the racist reactions to those protests by staff members.
In Sitka, some call for the reform of a police department that has battled high turnover, fallout from internal lawsuits and a recent excessive use of force incident on a teen.