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ACLU: Alaska police agency failed to protect Native women
NOME, Alaska (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday accused police in this small Alaska city of "a systemic and disastrous failure" to keep Native women safe from sexual assault. ACLU's Alaska branch made that charge in a letter demanding the city pay $500,000 to a former 911 dispatcher who says her colleagues at the police department failed to investigate her report that a man raped her in her home. The letter said Clarice Hardy, who is of Inupiaq heritage, was unable to continue working there, and suffered nightmares, flashbacks and panic attacks.