In memory of

 

An unarmed Afghan man executed

on March 5, 2008

outside Hyderabad, Kandahar Province. An unarmed Afghan man was stopped at a checkpoint by Sgt. Joseph D. Newell, 39, of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd US Special Forces Group from Ft. Bragg (N.C.). The Afghan man was shot by Newell who then cut off the dead man’s ear. Newell was charged with premeditated murder and mutilating a dead body. An Afghan who served as a translator to Newell's Special Forces team testified that the victim had his hands in his pockets while being questioned and subsequently shot by Newell, and that the victim's hands remained in his pockets after the killing. According to defense lawyers, Newell believed the unidentified Afghan to be a Taliban insurgent who posed a threat to him. On February 25, 2009, a U.S. military jury acquitted Newell. Justice in America?

Killed by a US Special Forces Master Sergeant with U.S. 3rd Special Forces Group