It’s bad enough when regular citizens commit crimes, but when those who are supposed to be the best of the best the military has to offer are charged with murder and rape, faith can be shaken. In recent months, no less than three individuals assigned to 7th Special Forces have been the focus of police matters.
In February, the wife of a special forces member sought shelter from her spouse who was abusing her.
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The wife of a Green Beret assigned to the unit fled to a woman’s shelter in Arizona. She stated that, “In some cases, I was left unconscious. [Strangulation] was his abuse of choice. I used to stop using my energy to fight back, and tried to conserve as much energy and as many breaths as I could.” While a order of protection was issued by the Army after finding evidence of physical abuse, it appears that no punitive action was taken against the soldier involved.
This week two more personnel assigned to 7th Special Forces are facing charges for felonies. The first is a Green Beret assigned to Eglin Air Force base in Florida.
At 6:42PM police officers state that they responded to a 911 call reporting gunfire at a private residence in Crestview, Florida near Eglin Air Force Base where 7th Group is stationed. The caller identified himself as the shooter, according to police reports. When they arrived, police officers found the 32-year old Green Beret’s wife dead in her bedroom with a handgun near her head. Police officers than took Derek McKinney into custody based on probable cause and statements that McKinney made before as well as after being read his miranda rights. A trial date has been set for July 9th.
Just days later a 32-year old solder assigned to 7th Special Forces Group was arrested for sexual battery and child abuse. William Mrozek was not a Green Beret, but was assigned to the unit in a support position. The arrest report states that Mrozek raped the two girls vaginally and anally, striking one of the victims in the head when she screamed for him to stop. The arrest report describes multiple rapes committed over a two week period while the girls were staying with Mrozek. When confronted Mrozek claimed not to recall any such incidents but offered to apologize to the girls.
The second claim this week depends on evidence not presented in the source article, but still, the allegation needs to be taken seriously.
There is no excuse for this sort of behavior from men toward women period, let alone from soldiers, and then the best of the best. None whatsoever.
If they are found guilty, may God have mercy on them and the court’s none.