Solider throws puppy off cliffWell, the Marine Corp has finally taken action regarding the video of the Marine, Lance Cpl. David Motari, 22, of Monroe, throwing the puppy off the cliff. He’s being tossed himself, out of the Marines.

The video, a short 17 second clip, showing two Marines on camera, one, Motari, holding a tiny puppy then throwing it, both laughing over the incident, shocked the world when it was posted on YouTube.

Motari has received a nonjudicial form of punishment and is currently being processed for separation from the Marine Corps for his role in the video.

Results of nonjudicial punishments and the type of discharge received cannot be released under the Privacy Act.

One of the other Marines involved, Sergeant Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion, in the video with Motari was also punished and received a nonjudicial form of punishment.

“The Marine Corps conducted a thorough investigation as soon as it learned of the event and acted as swiftly as possible,” a statement said. “The actions seen in the Internet video are contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine and will not be tolerated. The vast majority of Marines conduct their duties with honor and compassion that makes American people proud.”

Maj. Chris Perrine, Kaneohe spokesman, described the punishment as an administrative procedure, just a step below a pretrial hearing and a formal court-martial.

However, unlike military pretrial or court-martial proceedings, the military is not required to release any details about the incident because of U.S. privacy laws.

Below is the actual statement released by the Marine Corp Wednesday;

Marines in puppy video disciplined

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Oahu — The Marine Corps has disciplined two Marines for their involvement in a video that showed a Marine throwing a puppy off a cliff while on patrol in Iraq.

Lance Corporal David Motari received Non-Judicial Punishment from the commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment and is being processed for separation from the Marine Corps for his role in the episode, which gained international attention March 3 after the video was posted on the Internet.

Sergeant Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion, Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, also received Non-Judicial Punishment.

The results of Non-Judicial Punishment are not releaseable according to the Privacy Act.

The Marine Corps conducted a thorough investigation as soon as it learned of the event and acted as swiftly as possible. The actions seen in the Internet video are contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine and will not be tolerated. The vast majority of Marines conduct their duties with honor and compassion that makes American people proud.

The video, which is disturbing, to say the least, can be viewed in the original post HERE.

Personally, I would have liked to see him brought up on criminal animal abuse charges, but sometimes I guess you have to take what you can get. Motari’s name is dirt, worldwide. His face is known everywhere. He’s been vilified and condemned. through his cruel and stupid actions, his life will never be the same. He will always be known as ‘that Marine that threw the puppy off the cliff’. Perhaps some people create their own punishment!

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