Politicians Call on Army to Review Hazing and Harassment Policies Following Death of Danny Chen (UPDATED)
This week, elected officials are calling on the U.S. Army to conduct a comprehensive review of hazing incidents and training in response to the death of Private Danny Chen, a teenager from Chinatown. Chen, 19, was found dead in October in Afghanistan from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death has raised questions about Army practices and culture, and some local electeds have been speaking out about the incident.
In the latest development, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Nydia Velazquez -- who represents parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens -- today called on the Army to review the way it tracks hazing and harassment incidents as well as its anti-hazing training. Along with Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Mike Honda (D-CA), the pols sent a letter requesting details on what current measures are in place for soldiers in remote bases to report hazing incidents.More »