Gallagher is being charged with numerous violations of the Uniform Code of Army Justice whereas deployed to Mosul, Iraq, in 2017, associated to the varied incidents.
Gallagher “did … with premeditation, homicide a wounded male particular person” underneath his care by “stabbing him within the neck and physique with a knife” whereas battling ISIS in Mosul in Could 2017, in accordance with the cost sheet dated Friday.
Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence, public affairs officer with the Naval Particular Warfare Command, stated the Navy is taking the allegations significantly.
“We prepare and function in dynamic, complicated and ambiguous environments and our operators are empowered and trusted to independently make troublesome selections throughout missions,” Lawrence stated in an announcement. “They’ve persistently confirmed that their empowerment and belief is warranted. Allegations that point out in any other case are, and can proceed to be, investigated by the suitable navy and regulation enforcement authorities.”
He’s additionally charged with capturing at a female and male noncombatant close to Mosul in June and July of 2017, respectively.
Gallagher can also be charged with obstruction of justice for “making an attempt to discourage members of his platoon from reporting his actions whereas in Iraq” when he and his unit had been again in San Diego.
The Navy has charged Gallagher with “wrongfully” posing for an unofficial image “with a human casualty” and wrongfully finishing his re-enlistment ceremony subsequent to a human casualty.
He was additionally charged with flying a drone over a human casualty and wrongfully possessing and utilizing the painkiller Tramadol Hydrochloride, a managed substance, whereas in Iraq and again in San Diego.