Earlier today the Pentagon announced it would move the military trials for eight soldiers accused in connection with the death of Private Danny Chen to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Elected officials and community activists have urged the Army to hold the trials on U.S. soil, so Chen’s family can attend.
Chen, a Chinatown native, was found dead at an American military base in Afghanistan last fall, after apparently shooting himself in the head. An Army investigator has recommended courts martial for the soldiers. It is up to high-ranking military officers to make the final call. Previously there were indications the trials would be held in Afghanistan.
This afternoon, City Councilmember Margaret Chin applauded the decision, saying “we have demanded that the Army hold these trials on U.S. soil because that is the only way to ensure transparency and accountability in this case. I am confident that the charges against these eight individuals will be referred to trial and that Private Chen’s family will finally get to face those responsible for the death of their only son.”
Military officials have said Chen was taunted and physically abused by fellow soldiers.
Does not really matter where the trials are held, its better for the families of the soldiers too. The facts will show the slander that has been printed against these soldiers has no merit. Truth is truth and these soldiers will all be found not guilty. Mark my words this has become a political firestorm and sadly the Chen family will suffer, Good going Oh-yang….! My heart goes out to the Chenn family.
The sooner everyone gives up the idea this was racial the better off all will be. Fact is if everyone involved in this witch hunt would look at the facts of the case and get politics out of it there would be no trials at all!
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