Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"golden child of the platoon."

Father: Army Ignored Complaints Of Afghan Slayings

September 22, 2010 - Army Spc. Adam Winfield complained in Facebook messages to his father that he was being hounded by his platoon leader, Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs.

Gibbs was angry when Winfield failed to lock the hatch of his armored vehicle, so the sergeant gave him extra duty. Fed up, Winfield tapped out a message to his father, Chris, on a January day, complaining that his mistakes were minor compared to what Gibbs had done.

Chris Winfield says his son called Gibbs the "golden child of the platoon."

"He said the golden child can do no wrong. He can commit murder ... and get away with it and everybody seems fine with it."

The Army has now charged Gibbs with three murders. The charging documents allege the first murder occurred shortly before Winfield sent that message to his father. The Army says Gibbs tossed a grenade at an Afghan civilian and then ordered his soldiers to open fire, killing the man. {read rest}

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