The political group Alaska Black Caucus, which has been funded in large part with taxpayer Covid-19 relief funds, is suing the Anchorage Police Department because it has not implemented body camera policies for police officers.
The Alaska Black Caucus received a $1.15 million federal grant in 2021, ostensibly to encourage blacks in Alaska to get Covid vaccines and to help gauge the health of black Alaskans.
The group also received a 437,000 Covid grant from the Anchorage Assembly so it could buy a building to house its organization.
Now, the ABC is suing Anchorage.
The Northern Justice Project, which also filed the unsuccessful lawsuit against Rep. David Eastman in Alaska Superior Court, filed the claim against the municipality, saying it has not fulfilled the wishes of the public, which voted in 2021 to fund body cameras for police. That measure was a part of a property tax question that included the funding of various technology upgrades for the police department, including body and car cameras for police officers.