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Asian-American communities to petition Pentagon for justice


08:57, January 05, 2012

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Pvt. Danny Chen,19, who was killed Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Members of New York’s Asian-American communities plan to go to the Pentagon on Wednesday to press for details over the death of Chinese-American soldier Danny Chen. They have strongly urged the US military to launch a thorough investigation into the incident.

Army Private Danny Chen, deployed to southern Afghanistan in August with the 25th Infantry Division, was found dead on Oct. 3rd 2011 in a guard tower from "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."

It was the second such incident in the past year, following the suicide of another Chinese-American soldier Harry Lew, who killed himself in April in Afghanistan. Investigators found that Lew was subjected to brutal hazing by his fellow soldiers, three of whom were ordered court-martialed in October.

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey has since emphasized a "zero tolerance" policy for bullying in the armed forces after charges against eight soldiers in connection with the death of Danny Chen.


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