- ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Despite criticism and recent fatal shootings, Anchorage city officials say officer training with firearms will not change.
But the Anchorage Daily News reports that Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is open to expanding the police department's options for nonlethal tactics when dealing with people who might do them harm. Police procedures in those tense situations, when an officer must make quick decisions on how to subdue a threat, came up in a Friday meeting between Police Chief Mark Mew, representatives from Sullivan's office and leaders in the local Polynesian community. Mew called the meeting after community organizers scheduled a rally for Saturday called "One Voice. One Cause" to urge police to reconsider their lethal force policies after the shooting death of Shane Tasi, a 26-year-old wielding a long broom handle on June 9 in Mountain View.
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