WERE ON HIM LIKE A PACK OF DOGS"
A frightened member of the trouble-plagued 66th Transportation Company in Kaiserslauten, Germany pleaded with an Army officer to "do something" about gang activity in the unit, but the unidentified investigator did a whitewash 15-6, claiming there was "insufficient evidence" such a thing was going on.
A few months later, SGT Juwan Johnson died, the result of a savage beating administered by members of the Chicago-based "Gangster Disciples." Some of the people charged in this horrible attack were the same ones PVT Nick Pasquale reported to the Army when he sought the earlier investigation. The soldier even took photographs of gang graffiti on barracks doors and provided lists of members in the unit, but the wimpy and "politically-correct" Army, perhaps afraid of being labeled "racist," just looked the other way. Ironically, the victim of the assault is an African-American soldier from Baltimore, Md.
Pasquale sleeps at night with a knife nearby and a lock on his door. He fears he may be killed. The soldier has been threatened several times but vows not to go into the less-than-secure "witness protection program." He says if he is killed, he doesn't want people wondering what really happened. "I don't want my mother going through what Juwan's mom went through, trying to get answers from the Army."
REWARD IN BEATING DEATH PUBLICIZED
The court-martial of chief punk, SPC Bobby Morrissette, is slated to begin in April. He dodged a murder rap and now faces only 10 years in the slammer if convicted of "involuntary manslaughter." The smirk-faced creep, along with fellow lowlifes like SGT Rodney Howell and PFC Terrence Norman, also got the same deal. They were among up to eight persons who were believed to have taken some part in the attack.
The brutal "gang initiation" beating took place July 3, 2005 at a pavilion near Hohenecken, Germany. Johnson was pummeled so severely in the six-minute assault, he died in his barracks on Kleber Kaserne the following day. The 25 year-old NCO left behind a pregnant wife in Baltimore, Md. who gave birth last year to a boy, named Juwan Johnson Jr., in his daddy's memory.
For more than a year, no one was arrested in the gang "initiation" death. Then MilitaryCorruption.com came forward [see related-stories box] to join Stars & Stripes and other media in publicizing a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Sgt. Johnson's painful demise.
Soon, the CID cut a deal with PFC Latisha Ellis. The big-boned, masculine-looking former "bouncer" at the Black Sounds nightclub in Landstuhl is expected to testify against others who were present at the fatal induction ceremony. She claims she has already received death threats and will be going into the "witness-protection program" to avoid retaliation from other gang members.
"They were on him (Johnson) like a pack of dogs," she reportedly told investigators.
Ellis is key to the prosecution's case, and as a reward for her help, the E-3 (who claims she didn't take part in the beating) gets a relative "slap-on-the-wrist." If convicted, she could be busted to buck private, forfeit two-thirds of her pay for one month and face possible confinement of thirty days.
ARMY "WHITEWASH" 15-6 TO GO UNPUNISHED, GI PREDICTS
Sources say that Johnson desperately wanted to "belong" to the "Gangster Disciples," and submitted to the vicious assault, knowing if he survived it, he would be welcomed into the criminal group. What he didn't figure on, was the severity of the kicks and punches that cost him his life. He was knocked unconscious twice during the initiation and was said to have lost control of his bowels, due to injuries in his kidney area.
Disgusted members of the 66th, who would not speak on the record, said Army officials who looked the other way and did the "whitewash" 15-6 when presented with overwhelming proof there was gang activity in the company, should stand "court-martial" as well.
"But we know that will never happen," a SPC said. "The brass always cover their own ass. If I were the Johnson family back home, I'd sue the hell out of the Army. Some officer's head needs to roll over this."