Sgt. Adam Holcomb, who was found guilty of maltreatment and assault — but acquitted on charges of negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, communicating a threat and hazing — in the death of Pvt. Danny Chen, was sentenced to just 30 days in military jail: Jury Recommends 30-Day Sentence for Sergeant in Army Hazing Case.
But he will remain in the service. A military jury recommended Holcomb should be reduced one rank, to specialist, and be fined $1,181.55. This is apparently the monetary cost of driving a Chinese American soldier to his death.
For those of you that are not familiar with this story:
“Holcomb called Chen “dragon lady,” “gook,” “egg roll” and “chink,” and called a young African-American soldier “black boy” and “niglet,” the prosecutor said.
Doughty said Holcomb admitted to grabbing Chen out of bed by the arm and dragging him across gravel after the lower-ranked soldier left a water pump on in a shower against orders.
“This conduct over time drove Private Danny Chen to take his own life,” Doughty said.
Chen killed himself in a guard tower on October 3, 2011. According to Doughty, Chen told at least two friends that suicide was the only way he could think of to stop the abuse.” (x)
Danny Chen was disowned by his parents for joining the Army, but he was willing to give up his family to serve his country. THIS is how he was repaid.
Not only did the military allow for continued racial abuse of Chen when he was alive, but they dishonor his memory by refusing to even discharge the man who drove Chen to his untimely death.
This is a fucking atrocity.