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File #: 160125    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/11/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/11/2016
Title: Recognizing and honoring Daniel Quinn, former Captain, U.S. Army, for exemplifying the highest degrees of morality and justice in the face of human rights violations while serving in Afghanistan.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Signature16012500.pdf
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Recognizing and honoring Daniel Quinn, former Captain, U.S. Army, for exemplifying the highest degrees of morality and justice in the face of human rights violations while serving in Afghanistan.

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WHEREAS, In September 2011, Team Commander and West Point graduate CPT Daniel Quinn was serving in Afghanistan's war-torn Kunduz province as a member of a U.S. Army Special Forces A-Team that was tasked with establishing a new local police force to fight terrorism with the support of local villagers; and

WHEREAS, CPT Quinn and members of his team were approached by a local mother and her 12-year old son. She told them that an Afghan police commander, Abdual Rahman, who was trained and supported by their team, kidnapped the boy and kept him tied to a post in his house, where he was brutally raped by Rahman for up to two weeks; and

WHEREAS, When the boy's mother desperately sought the release of her son, she was beaten by Rahman for complaining to the authorities; and

WHEREAS, When questioned by CPT Quinn, Abdual Rahman laughed and said it was not important. CPT Quinn picked up Abdual Rahman and threw him to the ground to communicate "that if he went back to the boy, that it was not going to be tolerated". SFC Charles Martland assisted CPT Quinn; and

WHEREAS, The following day, CPT Quinn was relieved of his command. He and SFC Martland were removed from the operation. CPT Quinn has since left the military and SFC Martland is facing involuntary discharge; and

WHEREAS, As CPT Quinn stated in an interview with the New York Times, "The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights. But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did-that was something village elders voiced to me"; and

WHEREAS, CPT Quinn's action to advance his mission by retaining the support of the villagers and also to defend human rights is in ...

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