Advocate: Soldiers got 'wrist slap' in hazing case

Military Justice
Posted at 1:58 PM, Dec 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-18 09:01:49-05

NEW YORK (AP) — The family and friends of an Army private who committed suicide after being hazed by fellow soldiers say their punishment is only "a slap on the wrist."

That's what attorney Elizabeth OuYang told a news conference in Chinatown on Tuesday.

Military officials say Danny Chen killed himself last year in Afghanistan after being harassed by other soldiers.

On Monday, officials said the last soldier accused in the case faced dismissal from the service. Five other soldiers received prison sentences. Two received demotions.

OuYang heads the nonprofit Organization of Chinese Americans that is pushing for the dismissal from the Army of all eight of the soldiers in the case.

She was joined by Chen's parents. His father, Yan Dao Chen, wore his dead son's camouflage military cap.