“Kicking me out of the Army is morally wrong and the entire country knows it,” Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland said in a public statement.
Sgt. Martland is accused of throwing the local police commander of Kunduz Province, Afghanistan to the ground in 2011 and giving him a beating that he won’t forget. Martland readily admits to the assault on the police commander as he felt he had to intervene on a dire and horrific situation.
According to Fox News, while stationed in the province, Martland and his fellow green berets learned from an interpreter that the police commander had viciously sexually assaulted a young boy. Since there were no options for justice for the boy as it was the police carrying out the vile acts, Martland and his team leader, Captain Daniel Quinn stepped in on the boy’s behalf.
They confronted the police commander who confessed to the crimes. Martland and Quinn slammed him to the floor and kicked him multiple times. “Captain Quinn picked him up and threw him. I proceeded to body slam him multiple times,” Martland said, “I kicked him once in his ribcage after one of the body slams. I put my foot on his neck and yelled at him after one body slam, but did not kick or punch him in the face. I continued to body slam him and throw him for 50 meters until he was outside the camp.”
The police commander complained about the beating he received for his actions. Because they intervened and did the right thing instead of waiting and trying to go through the proper chain of military command which would effectively waste time that would allow further abuse to the boy, the military removed them from Afghanistan. Captain Quinn has since left the army and Martland is left fighting for his job. He is scheduled to be discharged on Nov 1st but refuses to go silently.
“While I understand that a military lawyer can say that I was legally wrong, we felt a moral obligation to act,” Martland said.