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UPDATE: Soldier suspended for defending empty casket photo

UPDATE: Soldier suspended for defending empty casket photo

 

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ A second Wisconsin National Guard member has been suspended in an investigation stemming from a photograph showing soldiers clowning around by an empty flag-draped casket.

 

 

 

Guard spokesman Maj. Paul Rickert said Wednesday that Sgt. Luis Jimenez was suspended because of comments he posted on social media defending the photo.

 

 

 

Jimenez' comments have since been taken down, but in a screen shot confirmed by Rickert he defended the woman who originally posted the photo.

 

 

 

Jimenez writes that Spc. Terry Harrison wasn't disrespecting anyone, and that it's ``good to let loose a little'' after long practice sessions.

 

 

 

Jimenez was Harrison's task leader, or supervisor. Harrison also has been suspended.

 

 

 

 

 

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The Wisconsin National Guard says it has suspended an honor guard member who posted online a photo of soldiers mugging as they stood around a casket draped in a flag.

The photograph has drawn a strong reaction from veterans and the families of soldiers killed in action. Hundreds of people have posted comments to the National Guard's Facebook page, demanding the honor guard member and her supervisors be disciplined.

The National Guard said in a statement Tuesday that the soldier who owned the Instagram account has been suspended from the honor guard while the matter is investigated.

The National Guard says the photograph was taken during training in Arkansas, not during a funeral.

Attempts to reach the soldier by telephone and email were unsuccessful.

 

 

 

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