And the hits just keep on coming for the California National Guard.
Six members of a California Army National Guard unit will face courts-martial for allegedly mistreating detainees in Iraq, military officials said Tuesday.
The trials were ordered after investigators reviewed allegations of prisoner abuse by 12 soldiers with the 1st Battalion of the 184th Infantry Regiment.
Two cases involve a so-called general court-martial, reserved for the most serious infractions, while four involve a midlevel court called a special court-martial, according to Lt. Col. Robert Whetstone, a Task Force Baghdad spokesman.
Two additional cases have been completed in what is known as a summary court-martial, which hears lesser offenses, but the outcomes were not immediately available, Whetstone said. Four remaining cases were still under investigation, he said.
The soldiers, who were not identified, belong to the battalion’s Fullerton-based Alpha Company. Some face charges of mistreatment of a person under their control, assault and making a false statement, while one soldier was charged with obstruction of justice, military officials have said.
“We are confident that the military justice system will address these charges fairly and appropriately, and that a just outcome will be reached,” the guard said in a statement.
The announcement of these prosecutions comes just on the heels of a brief moment of good news for the Cali Guardsmen.
May justice be met, and I have confidence that it will be.