Update in Suit against Nome Police for Failure to Investigate Sexual Assault against Native Woman — Turtle Talk

Excerpts from the complaint:

Plaintiff Clarice Hardy is an Alaska Native woman from Nome, Alaska, who worked at the Nome Police Department (NPD) as a dispatcher. In March 2017, Ms. Hardy reported to her superiors at the NPD that she had been sexually assaulted.
2. The NPD left her case uninvestigated and untouched for over a year, and valuable evidence was lost because of the delay. When an investigation was finally concluded, more than eighteen months after Ms. Hardy’s initial report, Ms. Hardy’s assailant was not charged or otherwise brought to justice.

Nome has approximately 3,866 residents, 58 percent of whom are Alaska Native. The vast majority of Nome’s government, including the mayor, city
manager, city council members, and police chief are, and have historically been, non-Native and typically Caucasian

20. In September 2018, Robert Estes replaced Papasodora as the police chief. Soon after he assumed his position, Chief Estes initiated an audit of the NPD’s earlier handling of sexual assault cases.
21. Among other things, the audit found that 76 out of the 182 reports of sexual assault made to NPD between 2015 to 2018 were inadequately investigated.
22. Of those sexual assault cases that were inadequately investigated, the vast majority—over 90 percent—were filed by Alaska Native women….

OK, math is not my strong suit, yet I could not help but notice that if the population is 3,866 and there were 182 reported sexual assaults over a 3-year period, that approximately 1 out of 21 citizens (women) were raped in Nome in 3 years.  Perhaps some of the women were raped more than once and so reported more than once but I would hope that would be the exception rather than the rule.  This, reader, is a plague of sexual assault, where men have been assaulting females generally and Alaska Native women specifically without fear of accountability of any kind. 

Here are updated materials in Hardy v. City of Nome (D. Alaska): 36 Harvey Motion to Dismiss 41 Response 42 Reply 45 DCt Order on Motion to Dismiss 64 Hardy Motion to Compel 66 Response 67 Reply 72 DCT on Motion to Compel 74 Hardy Motion for Sanctions 75 Response 80 Reply 92 Hardy Supplemental […]

Update in Suit against Nome Police for Failure to Investigate Sexual Assault against Native Woman — Turtle Talk

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Horrifying to say the least! I do hope something comes out of it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I do also, Punam. It’s not enough that the new police chief is starting to his job, there needs to be accountability for the named parties in the complaint. If you read further into the complaint you’ll see it’s a pervasive egregiousness that permeated police leadership.

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      1. I thought that the US would have a better track record but I guess injustices on the minorities ( gender/ religious/ race) are so deeply pervasive, irrespective of the development of a nation. I did read the complain and the police there seems just like the police here.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Punam, if you read the complaint, you’ll have read that Nome is a place that cannot be reached by car. I’m guessing its isolation makes it even more insulated from prying eyes. That said, there’s a lot of free rein/reign for law enforcement anywhere in the U.S. to engage in shadiness. The lack of follow-through with female sexual assaults has been in the headlines more than once where warehouses have sat with victim rape kits being untested. To know that this happens where you live also gives me a very sad feeling.

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          1. Yes, the fact that it is isolated, helps the perpetrators. But here such crimes take place in the heart of the country with impunity because the rich are protected by the police. 😔

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Ugh I don’t know what to say. Well a few things do come to mind to say but I would probably get into trouble for saying them but know my heart hurts to think of any woman, child, and/or vulnerable person falling prey to monsters who walk free among us.

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              1. I can understand that. I wonder when horrors like these will cease.

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  2. Irene says:

    Horrifying, frustrating, … I have no words, ugh.

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  3. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I’m glad Chief Estes actually did something.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ME TOO!!!!!! It makes me want to fly up to Nome and install video surveillance on the whole damned town to catch those criminals. How much do you want to bet the old police chief is friends with some of them?

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Oh yea…I’ve seen it in small towns…not sexual but the friends network…they stick together.

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