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Nome sued by woman who says rape wasn’t investigated

Clarice Hardy speaks at a news conference Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska filed a lawsuit Thursday on Hardy's behalf against the City of Nome, Alaska, and two former officers for failing to investigate the sexual assault report filed by Hardy, a former police dispatcher. On the left is Joshua Decker, executive director of the ACLU of Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

By MARK THIESSEN
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A former police dispatcher in Alaska has filed a lawsuit alleging her colleagues in the Nome Police Department failed to investigate her report of sexual assault. The dispatchers federal lawsuit filed Thursday claims the incident illustrated a systemic problem in efforts to protect Alaska Native woman from sexual abuse and assault. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and an order to force Nome to stop alleged discriminatory practices and to ensure all sexual assault reports are investigated thoroughly. It also seeks punitive damages from the city and separately from two former officers. Nome’s city manager says he hasn’t seen the lawsuit and couldn’t comment.

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