Marine Corps Drill Instructor Accused of Slapping Recruit Who Leapt to His Death to Face Court-Martial
6th April 2017
Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix faces charges of cruelty and maltreatment, drunk and disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful general order and obstruction of justice, TECOM announced Wednesday in a news release. This comes more than a year after the March 18, 2016, death of Raheel Siddiqui, 20, of the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, who was killed at Parris Island after falling nearly 40 feet down a stairwell.
Felix was one of Siddiqui’s drill instructors. Prior to Siddiqui’s death, Felix had been accused of making another Muslim recruit exercise in the shower and then ordering the recruit to sit in a commercial dryer, an investigation found. Felix is accused of turning the dryer on several times while taunting the recruit about his religion, such as asking if he took part in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
This is intolerable.
Far be it from me to prejudge a judicial matter, but if he’s found guilty, I hope they hang him.