Alex DeMarban over at the Dutch Harbor Fisherman has an interesting story this afternoon about an arrest that apparently went horribly wrong out in Kwethluk.
A man who may have been drinking wound up paralyzed and the arresting village police officer fled town shortly thereafter. Here's the lead:
A father of four lies in a hospital bed, partially paralyzed from the shoulders down. The tribal police officer who allegedly hurt him has fled town.
Now the Western Alaska village of Kwethluk — where it all happened — wrestles with gut-wrenching questions.
Did Martin Alexie use unjustified force when he arrested Phillip Nick? Or could Alexie have been acting in self-defense?
“I’ve lost a lot of sleep over it,” said Martin Andrew, Phillip’s brother-in-law and tribal council president in the village of 725.
“We’d like to find Mr. Alexie and let him spill his guts out over what happened. I’m in the dark still,” Andrew said.
Click here to check out the full story from the Dutch Harbor Fisherman.