While the emotional repercussions of war aren’t easy to measure, the
before, during, and after pictures of soldiers who have seen combat tell
a pretty unsettling story. There’s something mesmerizing about these
photographs, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Photographer Lalage
Snow has captured something really interesting.
On Tuesday, Lucca, a 12-year-old German shepherd, received the prestigious Dickin Medal, the highest military decoration awarded for valor in the UK. She’s the first American K9 to receive it. While serving, she led over 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and found over 40 explosives. She lost her leg when an IED detonated as she was searching for weapons. Thank you for your sacrifice, Lucca.
Stephen Mader, a former police officer in Weirton, West Virginia, is suing the city and local police department for firing him after he didn’t shoot a black man trying to commit suicide by cop.
In May 2016, Mader encountered Ronald Williams, a distressed African-American man whose girlfriend had called police to their Weirton home after Williams reportedly threatened to harm himself.
Williams was holding an unloaded gun and pleaded with Mader to “just shoot me,” according to the former officer’s lawsuit.
Mader, a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, said he relied on his training in the military, and attempted to de-escalate the situation and prevent any loss of life. But when two of Mader’s fellow officers joined him on the scene, one of them fatally shot Williams in the head.
The use of lethal force rattled the community, in light of the facts that Williams had apparently been experiencing a mental health crisis and that Mader, a white officer, had attempted to save the black man’s life. Mader was fired following the incident.
Mader’s lawsuit, filed in a U.S. District Court in West Virginia, alleges that the city violated his rights against unjust termination, his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution and other rights under the Constitution of the State of West Virginia. Read more (5/10/17)
President Donald Trump is considering sending 3,000 American troops to Afghanistan — a shift in U.S. strategy that betrays the president’s previous comments on the conflict in the Middle East.
According to a report from the Washington Post, the additional troops would be an attempt to fix the worsening security situation in Afghanistan by working out a deal with the Taliban.
Trump himself blasted the use of American troops in Afghanistan, saying in a 2013 tweet that the U.S. has “wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation.” Read more (5/9/17 9 AM)
AFGHANISTAN. Nangarhar Province. Jalalabad. 2001. In the intense therapy department. The child is a victim of an American strike that mistakenly killed 153 people in a village near the Tora Bora Mountains.