Polynesian Community Meets with Police, Mayor
Another meeting in wake of police shooting
ANCHORAGE - Shane Tasi's widow was among dozens who showed up to Loussac Library, demanding not just answers but action.
“We are here because we are concerned about the excessive use of police force that occurred in Tasi's case,” said Miriama Aumavae of the Polynesian Community Center.
Attempting to offer answers were Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, district attorney Adrienne Bachman and Police Chief Mark Mew.
“If we changed the hypotheticals you know, this might have had a very different outcome, if Mr. Tasi had stopped and we got more people in there, we could have maybe done something completely different. But he didn't give us that opportunity,” Chief Mew said.
Some say there's a lesson in all of this – specifically with APD’s policy on the use of deadly force.
“If we thought we weren't being effective, we would make changes,” Chief Mew said. “We're going through the policy changes right now… were before this event came down, I don't know what all we're going to decide.”
But most importantly, advocates for change say they want the conversation to continue.