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Anchorage PD Chief Defends Department Against Charges of Racism

July 01, 2010  | 

Responding to the claims of two veteran detectives who contend the Anchorage Police Department is rife with racism, Police Chief Mark Mew said Wednesday that the force does not tolerate discrimination.

Mew said at a press conference that most of the allegations contained in a lawsuit filed this week by the detectives -- allegations that include claims of racial profiling in traffic stops -- are things that the Anchorage Police Department has already dealt with internally and the incidents have been found to be without merit.

But the two officers, Alvin Kennedy and Eliezer Feliciano, through their attorney Ken Legacki, say not all of the alleged incidents were investigated properly or dealt with through the proper channels, he said.

"My guys will take polygraphs," Legacki said.

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