The next time a GI gets in trouble after defending himself from a Korean mob we can all now point back to this incident to show he should be let off lightly:
SEOUL — A Korean night club manager who police say stabbed three U.S. soldiers during a brawl was in jail Tuesday after being charged with causing injury to others.
He was not charged with more serious crimes, such as assault or attempted murder, because he only stabbed the soldiers Saturday after being forced to defend himself, a Dongducheon Police spokesman said.
“He had no intention of murdering any of the soldiers, and only wielded the knife against them because he was being assaulted by them,” the police official said.
The case will be forwarded to the Uijeongbu District Prosecutor’s office for further consideration. [Stars & Stripes]
It looks like the bar owner is going to hit with the lesser charge of bodily injury instead of the more serious assault. I love how the police say he was defending himself from the soldiers when he is the one who interjected himself into the altercation and took the knife from his E6 buddy to stab the other soldiers with.
I am sure that Pvt. John Humphrey of the Shinchon Stabbing Incident fame would have loved to have received a bodily injury conviction instead of being convicted and jailed for attempted homicide after pulling a knife to defend himself from a Korean mob that assaulted him. PFC Acosta and PFC Bohman likewise would have loved to have just been facing a bodily injury conviction charge after they were beat down by Korean mobs. Heck Acosta had to pay restitution to the Korean guy that smashed his face in with a metal pipe:
So is the bar owner going to pay any restitution to these soldiers he stabbed? I doubt it. What the bar owner did is far worse than what Pvt. Humphrey did since he interjected himself into the fight and used the knife not for defense, but to assault others. Humphrey accidently stabbed one person while trying to defend himself from the mob while the bar owner intentionally stabbed three people. Unlike Humphrey I do not think the bar owner should face attempted homicide charges because those charges were politically motivated, however how is it that this is not an assault case?
So the next time anyone hears a Korean complain about GI crime and the SOFA make sure to point to this incident and ask them to explain why Koreans can get away with committing crimes against US servicemembers?