Democracy Now: Fourth Soldier Accused in Chen Case Demoted, Fined

The fourth of eight U.S. soldiers court-martialed in the death of Army Private Danny Chen has been punished with a demotion and a brief reduction in pay. A 19-year-old Chinese American, Chen allegedly took his own life just weeks after he was deployed to Afghanistan last October. His family says Chen had been abused by comrades on an almost daily basis including racist hazing, with soldiers throwing rocks at him, calling him ethnic slurs and forcing him to do push-ups or hang upside down with his mouth full of water. In a summary court-martial, Sgt. Travis Carden was demoted to specialist and forced to give up two-thirds of his pay for one month.


~ by wheresthemic on August 24, 2012.

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