December 18, 2012

Speaker Silver Statement on US Army’s
Dismissal of Lt. Daniel Schwartz

The death of Private Danny Chen devastated my Chinatown community and all who believe in tolerance and respect for the dignity of others. First Lt. Daniel Schwartz was dismissed from the Army in connection with this case. I urge that the other soldiers who were charged, but remain in the Army, be dismissed as well. There is no place in our armed services for the type of bullying and hazing to which Private Chen was subjected.

I urge Congress to move forward with legislation to add a hazing statute to the Uniform Code of Military Justice that provides greater protections for victims and tougher sanctions against perpetrators. We must not allow any more of our young men and women in uniform to endure the torment that Danny did.