Iowa trooper reinstated after hazing
IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa state trooper who was fired for hazing his bunkmate during basic training has been reinstated because an arbitrator found that academy officials failed to discipline several others who took part in the attack.
Joshua Guhl committed misconduct when he handcuffed the man, pulled down his pants and rubbed powder on his buttocks in front of other recruits in a barracks at Camp Dodge in Johnston in 2008, Arbitrator Harvey Nathan wrote in a ruling released Wednesday to The Associated Press. Guhl carried out the stunt in an attempt to humiliate the man, who is now a trooper, and get him to quit, he added.
“What first occurs to the arbitrator is: What was Guhl thinking?” the Chicago arbitrator wrote in his ruling dated Saturday. “In any event, there can be no minimizing of the brutal attack on a weak and innocent bunkmate.”
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