UPDATE August 20, 2011
|Hi Bonnie. We’ve put up a site for Sergeant Derrick Miller. Thought you’d might be interested in reading the overview. He’s hanging in there. Clemency hearing is coming up in September.|
Army Guardsman, Sergeant Derrick Miller has been sentenced to life in prison with the chance of parole by the United States Military.
During a combat mission in a hostile area an Afghan man was walking inside their defense perimeter and was brought to Derrick’s attention. He was recognized by several men of being the driver of a truck the day before that was taking insurgents to a nearby village. Intel confirmed the convoy but told US soldiers to let them pass.
Derrick detained the man to ask questions because being inside the defense perimeter he knew this man had reconed the whole area. Testimony and evidence established in the trial that the man, in fact, had walked the entire perimeter according to eye witnesses.
Derrick felt an attack was imminent and detained him for questioning. During the questioning the man reached out and grabbed Derrick’s weapon..there was a struggle for the weapon and then Derrick shot him in self defense.
Within an hour they were attacked on all 4 sides in an extreme complex attacked, which was also testified by many soldiers at the trial. The attack was not a result of the Afghan national being shot. The enemy knew where everything was set up inside the defense perimeter because everything was hit dead on. Where the commander was sitting and having chow moments before was hit by mortars. The only reason he had gotten up was because of the shot fired by Derrick.
Derrick having alerted the men to an imminent attack saved many US soldiers lives that day..to which many testified at the trial.
The prosecution said soldiers are overseas to “win the hearts and minds” of the Afghan people and that Derrick should never have detained the man for questions. Our government expects our soldiers to go overseas to a hostile place to just win the hearts and minds. They would have preferred Derrick allow the man to take his weapon and shoot him rather than Derrick defend himself. The military felt that self defense should not have been used because Derrick was putting his life above that man’s and did not win his heart and mind. So now he’s dishonorably discharged and serving life in prison.
There are media articles but they don’ t do any justice in telling what happened. They even name an Afghan man, and during the whole entire trial he was never mentioned. The trial was held in July, 2011.