SCS CSHJR 22(STA) am S: Relating to a diverse community; condemning a recent racially motivated attack; and requesting the Municipality of Anchorage police department to continue their conclusive investigation and requesting the criminal justice system to take rapid action to reach the determination of this case.
00 SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 22(STA) am S 01 Relating to a diverse community; condemning a recent racially motivated attack; and 02 requesting the Municipality of Anchorage police department to continue their conclusive 03 investigation and requesting the criminal justice system to take rapid action to reach the 04 determination of this case. 05 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 06 WHEREAS Anchorage is a diverse community with more than 18 identified ethnic 07 groups making up nearly 30 percent of its population; and 08 WHEREAS more than 20 percent of the Alaska Native and Native American 09 population of the state resides in Anchorage; and 10 WHEREAS Anchorage has a responsibility to take a leadership role in eliminating 11 unlawful discrimination and an obligation to help create a climate of tolerance and 12 understanding with the various ethnic groups in the city; and 13 WHEREAS the recent incident involving targeting of Alaska Natives for harassment 14 and violent action by three youthful Anchorage residents armed with paintball guns is 15 deplorable and reflects badly on every citizen of Anchorage and the State of Alaska; and
01 WHEREAS federal law 18 U.S.C. 245 makes it unlawful by the commission of 02 certain acts to prevent a person from exercising a "federally protected right" when the 03 assailant is motivated by bias based on race, religion, national origin, or color; and 04 WHEREAS Alaska law AS 12.55.155(c)(22) provides as an aggravating factor for 05 sentencing for a serious crime that "the defendant knowingly directed the conduct constituting 06 the offense at a victim because of that person's race, sex, color, creed, physical or mental 07 disability, ancestry, or national origin," and the finding of an aggravating factor allows the 08 court to increase a presumptive sentence for such an offense up to the maximum sentence for 09 that offense; and 10 WHEREAS the Alaska State Legislature condemns all hate crimes, racism, and 11 unlawful discrimination and calls on the public and the citizens of the state to likewise 12 condemn hate crimes, racism, and unlawful discrimination in any form; 13 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature condemns the recent racially 14 motivated attack in Anchorage and finds the conduct of those perpetrating this act, or any 15 similar conduct, to be reprehensible and unacceptable; and be it 16 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature requests the Municipality 17 of Anchorage police department to complete a thorough and conclusive investigation of that 18 attack so as to allow the criminal justice system to take the actions necessary to reach a rapid 19 determination; and be it 20 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature joins with the Alaska 21 Federation of Natives in their request to the United States Commission on Civil Rights to 22 conduct a formal investigation into this incident and other incidents of unlawful 23 discrimination in Alaska. 24 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable John Ashcroft, Attorney 25 General of the United States; the Honorable Mary Frances Berry, Chair, United States 26 Commission on Civil Rights; the Honorable George Wuerch, Mayor of Anchorage; the 27 members of the Anchorage Assembly; Julia Kitka, President, Alaska Federation of Natives; 28 and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and 29 the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in 30 Congress.