August 30, 2017

Alaska State Senators Call for Investigation to Assure Public Safety and Preparedness of Law Enforcement in Wake of Charlottesville Violence

ANCHORAGE – Today, Senators in the Alaska State Legislature sent a letter to Alaska’s congressional delegation. In the wake of the disturbing and violent events in Charlottesville Virginia, Democrats in the Senate have requested that Senators Murkowski and Sullivan, and Representative Young call for a Joint House and Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to investigate these events; the toxic effects of racism, anti-Semitism, and hate; and to assure the public that adequate and effective public safety measures are our utmost priority.

“The events in Charlottesville are deeply disturbing to all of us. Alaskans deserve to know that the Department of Justice is doing everything in its power to keep us safe by addressing the threat from extremists wishing to tear apart the fabric of this nation,” said Senator Tom Begich (D-Anchorage). “ From the Civil War, to World War II, to the Civil Rights Movement, we have come too far through the efforts of many to be pulled back by hate and bigotry. I hope our Delegation in DC will consider requesting a Judiciary Hearing to ensure our law enforcement have all the tools they need.”

A copy of the letter is attached here.

Members of the press may contact Alaska Senate Democratic Press Secretary Jeanne Devon at 907-269-0129 with questions.