- ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - A crowd gathered in Anchorage to protest the use of deadly force by police in recent weeks. The Anchorage Daily News says about 150 people showed up for the Saturday rally near police headquarters. The event follows two fatal shootings by Anchorage police officers in less than a month. Twenty-six-year-old Shane Tasi was carrying a long stick when he was shot June 9 and 59-year-old Harry Smith was brandishing an air gun when he was shot July 1. State prosecutors have cleared Tasi's shooting of criminal wrongdoing. The shooting of Smith is under investigation. Members of the local Polynesian community met with police and city officials Friday to urge them to change what they call a "shoot to kill" policy.
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