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Tribal leaders address alleged police brutality

By Associated Press 11:56 AM August 12, 2014
BETHEL –

Tribal leaders in Bethel are addressing allegations of police brutality against Alaska Natives.

KYUK (http://is.gd/5xXXEV) says the Orutsararmiut Native Council wants people to come forward regarding such allegations.

ONC president Gloria Simeon says the council is very disturbed by a recent report of brutality.

A complaint was filed against a police officer by a woman visiting town who said she saw the officer repeatedly slam a man to the ground July 12.

Acting city manager Greg Moyer says the incident is under investigation. He says he will call for an independent police organization to review the results of the investigation.

Simeon says ONC hopes to work with the Bethel City Council to improve the relationship of police with the community and ensure basic human rights are not being violated.

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