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Marine expelled over puppy video

A clip that surfaced on YouTube showed the animal being thrown from a cliff in Iraq. A second Marine is disciplined.

June 12, 2008|From the Associated Press

HONOLULU — The Marine Corps on Wednesday said it was expelling one Marine and disciplining another for their roles in a video showing a Marine throwing a puppy off a cliff while on patrol in Iraq.

The 17-second video posted on YouTube drew sharp condemnation from animal rights groups when it came to light in March.

The clip shows two Marines joking before one hurls the puppy into a rocky gully. A yelping sound is heard as it flips through the air.

"That's mean. That's mean, Motari," an off-camera Marine is heard telling the Marine who tossed the black and white dog. The off-camera Marine snickered slightly afterward.

Lance Cpl. David Motari, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, is "being processed for separation" from the Marine Corps, the service said in a news release. He also received unspecified "nonjudicial punishment."

The Corps didn't specify what role Motari played in the clip.

The video was viewed tens of thousands of times before YouTube took it down for violating the site's terms of use.

"The actions seen in the Internet video are contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine and will not be tolerated," Marine Corps Base Hawaii said in a news release. "The vast majority of Marines conduct their duties with honor and compassion that makes American people proud."

The second Marine, Sgt. Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion, also received unspecified nonjudicial punishment.

Encarnacion is assigned to the Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

It wasn't clear what role Encarnacion played in the video. Marine Corps Base Hawaii declined to take phone calls about its news release and directed that all questions be submitted by e-mail.

Marine Corps public affairs offices in Hawaii and San Diego did not immediately return e-mail messages requesting clarification.

The Marine Corps said the Privacy Act prevented it from releasing details about the disciplinary measures the men received.

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