The U.S. Marine Corps is investigating a video that appears to show a Marine in Iraq hurling a puppy over a cliff. A Marine news release calls the video (which this writer has viewed twice) “shocking and deplorable and … contrary to the high standards the Marine Corps expects of every Marine”.
But questions about the video have arisen, in part because the dog doesn’t move or make any noise while being held by the scruff of the neck and because yelps heard as it appears that the dog is going over a cliff sound possibly dubbed.
These questions haven’t stopped death threats against the man believed to be the puppy-throwing Marine. Even his family has faced harassment after their address and phone number were published yesterday.
Come on. Yes, the video is disturbing. And whether it’s really a doggy snuff film or just a puerile, tasteless hoax, those involved should be disciplined. But death threats are obviously extreme, and harassing the guy’s family inappropriate as well.
Let’s remember the American ideals that our armed services fight to protect, like the presumption of innocence, the right to trial, and the Rule of Law.