Here is an update on the Osan Handcuff Incident via the Stars and Stripes:
Officials from 7th Air Force have filed paperwork saying seven airmen were acting in an official capacity when they handcuffed several Koreans near Osan Air Base a year ago, an incident that has caused an unprecedented legal rift between the two countries.
At issue is whether the airmen, who were conducting a routine town patrol, had any legal authority to detain three Korean men after one of them reportedly refused to move his illegally parked car from a street just outside Osan in the Sinjang pedestrian shopping area.
Osan officials have said the airmen believed the car posed a force protection threat because it was parked about 100 to 150 yards outside the base. South Korean authorities said the car was too far away to pose a credible danger.
The detained men were released after South Korean police arrived and were not charged. However, cell phone footage of the incident last July 5 aired widely in South Korea, prompting outrage over what was seen as the military overstepping its bounds. U.S. military officials quickly apologized.
Maj. Richelle Dowdell, 7th Air Force spokeswoman, said a military investigation of the incident found “some lapses in judgment and missed opportunities to disengage and deescalate the situation” but that all of the airmen acted in accordance with their duties and previous training. [Stars and Stripes]
You can read more at the link, but if the town patrol members were doing their jobs in accordance with their training than why was two of the airmen punished for lapses in judgment as the article explains? This is completely contradictory to them doing their jobs. If they were trained to be confrontational to Korean civilians and handcuff them than it is whoever their leadership is who should be punished and not them. You would think after the 2005 Osan Shakedown Scandal that the leadership for the town patrol would make sure they were well trained to deal with Korean civilians and handcuffing them should never be authorized.
Anyway this has all become grandstanding by the Korean authorities because all the town patrol members have already left the country, so nothing is going to happen to them. By pushing the issue now it is a face saving measure for the Korean authorities because it shows they are “doing something”, but waited long enough to push the issue until Osan was able to reassign the personnel off the peninsula so it would not become a major diplomatic dispute.