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Homer police officers got a morale boost earlier this week when supportive signage popped up at the police department. “Thanks for being people who care.” “We love HPD.” “We donut forget about you.” “This … just absolutely made our day,” the police department posted July 24 on its Facebook page. “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support over the last few weeks from phone calls, emails, cards, letters, treats and flowers. We want...

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Parishioners at St. Nicholas of Myra Church heard what sounded like an explosion just moments before Father Joseph Wargacki was about to read from the Gospels on June 21. The small Byzantine Catholic parish tucked along Anchorage’s Arctic Blvd. had been hit at high speed by a large Suburban. The impact shook the parish and startled the Sunday faithful. Several parishioners, led by 27-year-old Anthony Heller, sprang into action and ran outside to see what...

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The Juneau Assembly is set to discuss a list of demands from protesters who want to reshape the Juneau Police Department. The June 22 Assembly meeting will include discussion of demands issued at the June 6 Black Lives Matter protest in Juneau, and additional demands titled #8CANTWAIT, which is part of a national organization called Campaign Zero. Like many leftist and socialist groups around the nation Campaign Zero wants police departments defunded and disarmed, and they...

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Police officers in Alaska and around the country have been under close scrutiny over the past few weeks. The death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis has stirred outrage across the nation. This isn’t the first time a black man has suffered unjustly at the hands of law enforcement, and it is our hope that former Minneapolis police officer Derick Chauvin is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. With that said, many responses to...

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Below are three video clips from the June 18 rally outside the Anchorage Police Department. Roughly 150 supporters turned out to show their appreciation for the men and women in uniform. Anchorage Police officers come out to greet Alaskans who rallying in support of law enforcement on June 18 outside the Anchorage Police Department headquarters in downtown. Posted by Joel Davidson on Thursday, June 18, 2020 Posted by Joel Davidson on Thursday, June 18, 2020...

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Officers returning from their shifts were met with a surprise street party outside the Anchorage Police Department’s downtown headquarters on June 18. Nearly 150 Alaskans rallied on short notice to show support for their men and women in uniform. “Thank you for your service! We love you!” people cheered as officers pulled their squad cars into the parking lot. Some officers smiled, waved and nodded as they walked past homemade signs, balloons and flags waving...

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The City and Borough of Juneau will get an earful during a listening session on racism, policing and myriad other social justice issues tonight. The June 17 online meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will include senior police staff and elected officials from the Juneau Assembly and School Board. The meeting comes on the heels of a Black Lives Matter protest march earlier this month in Juneau. There’s no reason this meeting should be commandeered...

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In a show of support for Alaska’s law enforcement officers, a group of Alaskans will hold a rally on Thursday, June 18, at the Anchorage Police Department (716 W. 4th Ave in the old LIO Building). Scheduled from 2:30-3:30 p.m., the gathering will take place as officers make their daily shift change. Across the nation, similar rallies have occurred in an effort to show community solidarity with police at a time when some are calling...

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The local chapter of a militant national Marxist organization is demanding that Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz reduce the police department, disarm cops, eliminate crowd control and decriminalize sex-work and minor drug possession. The Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), which organized a June 6 protest in Anchorage under the guise of eliminating police brutality against black people, also wants the city to decriminalize homelessness and end all abatement of homeless camps which have sprung up...

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he will not defund Alaska’s law enforcement officers as some have called for after the death of George Floyd – an unarmed black many who died last month while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers. “The vast majority of us looked at that video – could barely look at that video – and couldn’t help but think that there was a wrong done, there was an injustice done to that man,”...