Posted by: petsweekly | June 22, 2008

Marine “Expelled” for Puppy Video

It’s about time this guy got disciplined. I have the UTMOST respect for our military, and for a MARINE to do something like this – well, I’m at a loss for words – and you can guess that doesn’t occur too often… I’m not sure what they mean by his being “expelled” (I can only hope a firing squad or cliff dive is involved), but I’m guessing he’s out of the military with a dishonorable discharge.

At any rate, he’s out, and with luck, won’t last long in this life. The world would be better off without him, marine or otherwise…  Hopefully his “friend” will follow suit. And to all you Marines (and other military) out there – you have my sympathy. I know this is the rare exception to the rule and I only hope it doesn’t reflect poorly on you as a group… I, for one, know how noble 99.9% of you truly are…

YouTube video leads to Marine being expelled

208 comments by Audrey McAvoy – Jun. 11, 2008 09:35 PM
Associated Press

HONOLULU – The Marine Corps said Wednesday it was expelling one Marine and disciplining another for their roles in a video showing a Marine throwing a puppy off a cliff while on patrol in Iraq.

The 17-second video posted on YouTube drew sharp condemnation from animal rights groups when it came to light in March.

The clip shows two Marines joking before one hurls the puppy into a rocky gully. A yelping sound is heard as it flips through the air.

“That’s mean. That’s mean, Motari,” an off-camera Marine is heard telling the Marine who tossed the black and white dog. The off-camera Marine snickered slightly afterward.

Lance Cpl. David Motari, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment at Kaneohe Bay, is “being processed for separation” from the Marine Corps, the Marine Corps said in a news release. He also received unspecified “non-judicial punishment.”

The Marine Corps didn’t say what role Motari played in the clip.

The video was viewed tens of thousands of times before YouTube took it down because of a violation of the site’s terms of use.

“The actions seen in the Internet video are contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine and will not be tolerated,” Marine Corps Base Hawaii said in a news release. “The vast majority of Marines conduct their duties with honor and compassion that makes American people proud.”

The second Marine, Sgt. Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion, also received unspecified “non-judicial” punishment.

Encarnacion is assigned to the Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

First Lt. Binford Strickland, a Marine Corps Base Hawaii spokesman, said the service may not reveal what roles the two men played in the video because that was part of the investigation. He said releasing such information would violate the Privacy Act.

Strickland declined to provide details about the disciplinary measures taken against the men for the same reason.

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