APD Responds to Racism Suit

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Anchorage officials are responding to a lawsuit filed against the city.  Papers were filed yesterday by two Anchorage Police Department officers, Alvin Kennedy and Eliezar Feliciano alleging discrimination within the police department. Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew told reporters that the APD does not tolerate racism.

Mew says he is not aware of any pattern of racial profiling within the department.  The two officers who filed the suit worked as undercover officers.  Both have 20 year histories with the APD.

City attorney Dennis Wheeler says the city has 20 days to respond to the suit.  He says the city has not yet been served with the complaint.   Wheeler says the plaintiffs want the court to find evidence of discrimination, and are seeking a financial settlement.

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