Arizona National Guard Hunted Homeless People With Paintball Guns

Another day, another story of Arizona military or law enforcement personnel terrorizing vulnerable segments of the civilian population. The Arizona Republic reports:

According to interviews with military officers and records obtained by The Republic, Arizona Army National Guard members over the past decade engaged in misbehavior that included sexual abuse, enlistment improprieties, forgery, firearms violations, embezzlement, and assaults […and] hunting the homeless with paintball guns.

Thirty to 35 times in 2007-08, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Amerson, a former “Recruiter of the Year,” drove new cadets and prospective enlistees through Phoenix’s Sunnyslope community in search of homeless people.

Military investigators were told that Amerson wore his National Guard uniform and drove a government vehicle marked with recruiting insignia as he and other soldiers — some still minors — shot transients with paintballs or got them to perform humiliating song-and-dance routines in return for money. During some of these so-called “bum hunts,” female recruits said, they were ordered to flash their breasts at transients. Homeless women, conversely, were offered food, money or drinks for showing their breasts.

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  • asdfgn

    Chillingly similar to Morrison’s Invisibles. I’d say he and Ellis have predicted more of the future by this point than most prose sci-fi authors.

  • asdfgn

    Chillingly similar to Morrison’s Invisibles. I’d say he and Ellis have predicted more of the future by this point than most prose sci-fi authors.

    • shorgorlgoth

      I was just thinking about that scene exactly when i read this.

      “Nice day for it, wot?”

    • shorgorlgoth

      I was just thinking about that scene exactly when i read this.

      “Nice day for it, wot?”

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Perfect candidate for indefinite detention or maybe to just be shot in the face. That’s pretty god damned low to abuse minors by forcing them to abuse the homeless.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Perfect candidate for indefinite detention or maybe to just be shot in the face. That’s pretty god damned low to abuse minors by forcing them to abuse the homeless.

  • echar

    God damn meat heads. Reading this pissed me off.

  • James Rufford

    Shooting the homeless with paintball guns AND seeing boobs, all in the same day! Sounds awesome. Why do they get to have all the fun?

  • James Rufford

    Shooting the homeless with paintball guns AND seeing boobs, all in the same day! Sounds awesome. Why do they get to have all the fun?

  • login

    The military, or in this case… has always attracted the specie’s lowest common denominators.

  • login

    The military, or in this case… has always attracted the specie’s lowest common denominators.

  • Andrew

    Nazis.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Jethro will be Jethro
    too bad the army is Jethro’s favorite hangout

  • BuzzCoastin

    Jethro will be Jethro
    too bad the army is Jethro’s favorite hangout

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