Fay Report Annex: Statement of Sergeant First Class, 229th Military Police Company re: Mortor Attack on Abu Ghraib Prison Sept. 20, 2003

The interviewee, a Sergeant First Class with the 229th Military Police Company. Recounted the beating of a detainee after detainee was suspected of being involved in a mortar attack of a camp. The interviewee recalled two soldiers approaching a handcuffed detainee, screaming/yelling at him, grabbed the detainee by the back of the head, and pushed him down into the dirt. Another soldier then grabbed the detainee and yanked him off the ground, walked him towards a HMMWV, struck the detainee in the back of the head and back and forcefully slammed the detainee into the back of the HMMVW. They then struck him a few mores times, and told him to put a mask on. The interviewee believes the detainee was bleeding. Also, the interviewee recalled the soldiers were of the same unit that was attacked earlier. The interviewee felt it inappropriate that a suspect be released to the soldiers affected by the suspect's possible actions.

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Sunday, September 21, 2003
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Wednesday, March 2, 2005
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SWORN STATEMENT
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2003/09/21 _Abu Ghraib Prison, Iraq APO AE 09335
GRADE/STATUS RST NAME, MIDDLE NAME SSN SFC'E-7
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229th Military Police Company

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x 2145 a monor attak was received in the vicu.aty of Camp Vigilant. At approx 2230 the 1RF (internal
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On 20 Sep 03 at appro. TOC and advised that a mortor had laneded in the MI BN tent and there were approx. --Reacuon rtirerirlrr
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15 wounded that were being medivac. We were told to stand by there and wait for further. Shortly thereafter we were to to go
to the ECP (entry control
back to our living quarters and stand by to be called again. About 2330 we were called to respondedwhich they c
wire attempting to stop a vehicle believed may b
were told that the QRF was outside the
point). Once arriving we
involved with the attack. We were told to stand fast and be prepared to be their backup should the need ansc. They .soon stopped
ce arriving the vehicle was searched
s a male and female. On
the vehicle and transported it back to the ECP erwith the tis tentoccupant we responded and watched o ver the two. A few minutes
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searched and th pulled up with approx. 10 soldiers and came over to us. The first soldier wearing a
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Q030 21 Sep 03 a HMMWV what the fuck desert camo fl jacket came up to the male prisoner and began screaming at him telling him eyes ol d s arc you looking at". He then grabed him by the back of the head and pushed it down into the dirt ssary and the soldier looked at him and told him 'that he was the profes ntergator s:. ool.
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id that doesn't look ID professional. 1 then said that I had neverprole point another soldier ( a very large stocky soldier) came over and started yelling at him to get up. He grabbed him and
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yanked him up ff he ground and se c ured his arms and began walking him back towards the vehicle. He continued screaming andt r the truck. As he passed me I told him to at case and calm down". He continued past me to the back of
forcefully moving towards
the truck. Once reaching the back of the truck he began striking the prisoner in the back of the head and back. He contiuned
screaming at him to get into the truck. The soldier then forcefully slammed the prisoner into the bed of the truck. once the

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Prisoner was in the bed of the truck he was struck a few more times and told to put a mask on. When the prisoner turned t ! aske
this point
the back of the truck it appeared that he was bleeding from the lip, but I was unsure do to the poor lighting. At
en the NCOIC what unit he was from and he told me the 519th MI. I then realized that these were soldiers from the ww
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called by • He told us that this had never happened and that had been doing these operations or 1 mon
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to apoligize and remind us that he had people that were wounded andlained
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our many ears of law enfo omen . by 1SG that they
incident because you don't know what they might do and that this case was exactly the same. We 1 , dvised that he
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