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Yup'ik Native Dies in Police Custody


On August 13th, Joseph Murphy, 49 (Yup’ik), died while in a holding cell in Juneau, Alaska according to a recently released report by the states Department of Corrections.

Joseph, an Iraq war veteran, was booked at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on August 13th for intoxication and was placed into a holding cell.

According to the report, since he was intoxicated, Murphy should have been placed on 12-hour temporary protective custody and not jailed according to state law.


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