Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Such INJUSTICE In Our Military JUSTICE System

Danny Chen was American by birth AND by choice. He defied his 
parents' objection to join the Army. But he was RACIALLY brutalized 
to committing suicide by 8 of his fellow American soldiers who were his superiors.
   On 7/25/2012, Sgt. Adam Holcomb was convicted by a jury of peers of maltreatment of a subordinate and assault consummated by battery. Maj. Bret Batdorff, the presiding judge, sentenced Holcomb to 30 days in prison, a demotion and a fine of $1,160.
   See how Sgt. Holcomb abused Danny Chen, who committed suicide! Below are quotes from the government's "Charge Sheet" & trial testimony:
o  "addressing . . Danny Chen using racially disparaging terms including "Dragon Lady" or words to that effect." "Holcomb uttered some slurs over the radio, where they were heard by the entire platoon, adding to Chen's humiliation." - court testimony, LA Times.
o  "negligently failed to prevent Specialist Ryan J. Offutt and Specialist Thomas P. Curtis from addressing Private (E-2) Danny Chen using racially disparaging terms including "dragon lady," "Jackie Chen," "chink," "gook," "fortune cookie," "slants," "egg roll," and "zipper head," or words to that effect as it was his duty to do."
o  "by grabbing Private (E-2) Danny Chen by his wrist, pulling him out of his bed, & dragging him over the tent floor and a gravel path." The dragging "bloodied Danny Chen's back." - court testimony, NY Times.
o   Military laws: "Wrongful abuse of a public animal," will result in a max of 3 months in jail or 3 months' pay cut. Visit .
o   Staff Sgt. Blaine Dugas was convicted of dereliction of duty in the hazing-related suicide of Pvt. Danny Chen. That is for letting his Sgts. and Spcs. racially and physically abuse Chen to death.
o   Col. James E. Hardin sentenced Dugas to 3 months in jail and demotion by one rank. Fair? NO!
o   Dugas does NOT need to spend a day in jail, because Col. Hardin considered limitations placed on Dugas during the investigation period sufficient punishment to be equivalent to having served 3 months in jail. Does the colonel have any empathy for Danny Chen, his family and millions of Asian Americans who are trying to decide if we rank higher than "public animals" in the eyes of the military "justice" system? The military tries to make it sound like Dugas was actually in jail. He was not! In contract, Spc. Offutt was given 7 days of reprieve only for the same limitations during the investigation period.
   Staff Sgt. Dugas will NOT spend a single day in jail. Outrageous injustice!
   When soldiers who are guilty of abusing a follow soldier to death are NOT punished, no amount of training program will be effective. Does our government care for effective Armed Services any more?
   How can we achieve justice? When YOU personally Wake UP/speak UP/stand UP by either giving time or money or both. You do NOT need to donate time/dollar to us. OCA -NY is also fighting for this issue. You must make a personal commitment to achieve justice.
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S. B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 National Asian American Educational Foundation, Inc.