The effort is aimed at increasing police accountability and transparency, but some assembly members anticipate future discussions about how the cameras are used and under what circumstances the public has access to the video they record could be contentious.
In what Alaska’s Department of Law (DOL) calls the most significant fraud on Alaskans in years, seven retirees lost a combined total of $1.5 Million to a precious metals investment company allegedly targeting elderly Christian and politically conservative investors.
Lack of funding has long been the primary issue cited by the Municipality of Anchorage as the reason Anchorage Police officers are not equipped with body-worn-cameras, but voters could soon be asked to fund the effort toward increased police accountability.
In any given month during the last two years, the number of people walking away from Anchorage’s halfway houses could be counted on one hand. Some months passed with no one walking away. But in August, eight people did.
Officer Cornelius Pettus is now facing two counts of tampering with public records in the first degree alongside Officer Deorman Stout, who has one count. They both pleaded not guilty, and they'll be back in court on September 14th.