Bronze Star recipient Benjamin Ford, accused in West Side gay bashing, is stripped of rank

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    Feb 04, 2010 1:57 PM GMT
    I am worried about gay and lesbian military.

    A Bronze Star recipient accused in a West Side gay bashing has been punished by the military and stripped of his rank, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn confirmed Wednesday.

    Air Force Staff Sgt. Benjamin Ford, a master at defusing bombs, accepted the charges against him rather than face a court-martial, said victim Blake Hayes, who was informed of the punishment by an Air Force Lt. colonel.

    Ford, who the NYPD tracked down at an Air Force base outside London, was docked pay for September 2009 - the month during which he taunted and roughed up Hayes, 24, and two pals outside a Hell's Kitchen pub.

    "Die of AIDS, you f----- queers!" Ford screamed during the attack. He copped to three counts of assault and battery and other charges.

    Ford also wrote apology letters to Hayes and his pals

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/02/04/2010-02-04_air_force_sarge_stripped_of_rank.html#ixzz0eZinFWlI





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    Feb 04, 2010 2:01 PM GMT
    Individuals are going to act out. But if the military authorities take action, most will think twice about jeoparding their careers.

    The marines put a stop to attacks on a gay bar near their barracks in DC decades ago, when their actions were protested. None has occured since.
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    Feb 04, 2010 2:16 PM GMT
    does hate crime law help those gay bashers?
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    Feb 04, 2010 3:09 PM GMT
    He should be punished more
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    Feb 04, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    Military Law is diffrent fro Civilian law.
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    Feb 04, 2010 4:18 PM GMT
    Airforce EOD lol give a fuckin break “ A master at defusing bombs” What a remote control robot with a small block of c-4 and sticky tape? That rates master? Don’t think so. As for the Bronze star they give them out for running a good motor pool. Was it for service? Or for valor? Bet it was for service. And if it was for valor then lets see the U-tube vid or it didn’t happen. Not knocking any Airmen out there cause there are plenty that do a lot of pretty high speed shit. So I would say this guy is a piece of trash. Fuck him.
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    Feb 04, 2010 5:14 PM GMT
    What does stripping someone of his rank entail? Do they still employ him and issue him paychecks?
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 04, 2010 5:20 PM GMT
    Yeah, bronze star awards are now a dime a dozen these days. Sad but true...
  • GQjock

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    Feb 04, 2010 5:51 PM GMT
    Big F**kin Deal

    So he's an asshole with a Bronze star
    Why, if he had raped a woman would a Bronze star mean anything?
    Of course there are going to be hate crimes .....
    Repealing DADT isn't going to stop them