Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: Post-war Stress Hits Home

Monday, August 15, 2005

Post-war Stress Hits Home

A former "U.S. Marine of the Year" suffering from post-war stress after serving in Iraq shot into a crowd from his window outside a Boston nightclub. A 15-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man were wounded.

Now, I have been known to shoot water balloons at loud, obnoxious groups of people, but this was clearly more dangerous.

Marine Sergeant Daniel Cotnoir says he fired a "warning shot" after 30 people had gathered below his window and someone threw a bottle, shattering his window. His lawyer claims that Cotnoir cracked under post-war stress in the mob-like situation, responding in a military manner to what was a civilian situation.

Cotnoir was awarded the 2005 Marine of the Year award by the USMC Times for his work as a military mortician -- working with the remains and belongings of fallen soldiers, most killed by explosions. Speaking with the Boston Globe last year, Cotnoir said, "What you see out there, it's a real smash to reality," as he described retrieving charred pieces of Marine bodies.

Boston Globe: Marine Held in Shooting

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