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July 28, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

When the Neowise comet started trending online, Alaskans saw it as an opportunity to go comet-hunting. Stargazers across the continent have been posting photos of the comet as it hurtles through space, but with Juneau’s weather bringing lots of clouds and rain, seeing the comet was a tough game of chance. (Photo by Mikko Wilson / KTOO & Story by Pablo Peña / KTOO)

But first… 

Jose Ignacio Manzo told his story during a June meeting of the Juneau Assembly dedicated to issues of race and policing in the capital city. He believes police confused him with another man with a Spanish surname who was arrested earlier that morning.

We followed up with Manzo after the meeting and he shared more details about that night and how he believes he was racially profiled by Juneau police. 

Juneau Police Deputy Chief David Campbell said that the way Manzo’s traffic stop was conducted didn’t fall under racial profiling by the department’s standards. 

This is not a story about who's right and who's wrong. It's about how people are treated and how interactions with police can be deeply emotional experiences for anyone. And these experiences are being scrutinized in a new way these days. We should reexamine the practices we've taken for granted under this new light.

Read or listen to KTOO reporter Pablo Peña's story about Jose Ignacio Manzo if you haven't already: Juneau man’s arrest raises questions about racial profiling

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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History of Policing in America

To help give some historical context to the police killing of George Floyd and so many other Black people in this country, the producers of NPR's Throughline podcast wanted to take a deep look at the history of policing in America -- to understand how the relationship between police and the Black community had evolved to one so bloody and tragic.

Listen to the full Throughline podcast episode

Just one more thing…

When humpback whales migrated to Glacier Bay in Alaska this year to spend the long summer days feeding, they arrived to something unusual: quieter waters.

As the COVID-19 pandemic slows international shipping and keeps cruise ships docked, scientists are finding measurably less noise in the ocean. That could provide momentary relief for whales and other marine mammals that are highly sensitive to noise.

Listen to the whales' story on NPR's Short Wave podcast.

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