Anchorage Daily News reporter George Bryson writes on September 11, 2008 about the practice of the Wasilla, Alaska police department, under the leadership of Mayor Sarah Palin, of charging rape victims for forensic tests and medical exams. Complaints about Wasilla lead the Alaska Legislature to pass a bill banning the practice statewide. As noted in an article on May 23, 2000, published by The Frontiersman, the local Wasilla newspaper, Alaska State Troopers and the majority of municipal police departments pay for the examinations of rape victims, but that Wasilla charged the victims of sexual assault for their exams. The Frontiersman went on to quote Wasilla Police Chief Charlie Fannon as objecting to the new legislation, stating it could cost Wasilla $5,000 to $14,000 annually for rape exams. It should be noted that Fannon was appointed by Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin, after she terminated Police Chief Irl Stambaugh.
The article continues the interviews of former Governor Tony Knowles and current Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein regarding Sarah Palin’s support of the $230 million Gravina Island Access Project, now widely known as the “Bridge to Nowhere.” What may not be known is Governor Palin’s current support of another, more expensive bridge project, the Knik Arm Crossing which will provide Wasilla residents faster access to Anchorage at a cost of $400 million to $600 million to the American taxpayers. ~ Sarah Palin Truth Squad