HJR 22: Relating to a diverse community; condemning a recent racially motivated attack; and requesting the Municipality of Anchorage police department to conduct a conclusive investigation and to take rapid action against the perpetrators.
00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 22 01 Relating to a diverse community; condemning a recent racially motivated attack; and 02 requesting the Municipality of Anchorage police department to conduct a conclusive 03 investigation and to take rapid action against the perpetrators. 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 WHEREAS Anchorage is an incredibly diverse community with more than eighteen 06 identified ethnic groups comprising nearly 30 percent of its population; and 07 WHEREAS the growth rate of Anchorage minority groups exceeds the growth rate of 08 nonminorities; and 09 WHEREAS more than 20 percent of the Alaska Native and Native American 10 population of the state resides in Anchorage; and 11 WHEREAS the Anchorage economy is highly dependent on the economic 12 contributions of the Alaska Native population and the bush communities; and 13 WHEREAS Anchorage has made and continues to make a concerted effort to build 14 bridges with and among the various ethnic groups and to eliminate racial tension and conflict 15 in the city; and
01 WHEREAS the recent incident involving targeting of Alaska Natives for harassment 02 and violent action by three youthful Anchorage residents armed with paintball guns is 03 deplorable and reflects badly on every citizen and business of Anchorage and the State of 04 Alaska; and 05 WHEREAS federal law 18 U.S.C. 245 makes it illegal to commit a crime when the 06 assailant is motivated by bias based on race, religion, national origin, or color and the 07 assailant intended to prevent the victim from exercising a "federally protected right"; and 08 WHEREAS Alaska law AS 12.55.155(c)(22) provides as an aggravating factor for 09 sentencing for a serious crime that "the defendant knowingly directed the conduct constituting 10 the offense at a victim because of that person's race, sex, color, creed, physical or mental 11 disability, ancestry, or national origin," and the finding of an aggravating factor allows the 12 court to increase a presumptive sentence for such an offense up to the maximum sentence for 13 that offense; and 14 WHEREAS the Alaska State Legislature does not condone and will not tolerate hate 15 crimes; 16 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature condemns the recent racially 17 motivated attack in Anchorage; and be it 18 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature requests the Municipality 19 of Anchorage police department to continue its thorough and conclusive investigation of that 20 attack so as to allow the swift prosecution and punishment of the perpetrators; and be it 21 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature finds the conduct of those 22 perpetrating this abhorrent act, and any similar conduct, to be unacceptable; and be it 23 FURTHER RESOLVED that the perpetrators, and anyone else committing hate 24 crimes, in addition to any penalties meted out by the criminal justice system, should be 25 required to complete cultural and social sensitivity training and do regular, recurring 26 community service in an environment that brings them into close contact with the minority 27 groups the perpetrators have targeted; and be it 28 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature is pledged to support fair 29 and equitable treatment for all who live in, do business in, or visit Alaska. 30 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable George Wuerch, Mayor of 31 Anchorage; and to the members of the Anchorage Assembly.