Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Weapon used to quell Gitmo disturbance ID'd

Mar. 7, 2013 - 06:32PM   |   Last Updated: Mar. 7, 2013 - 06:32PM  |  
  • Filed Under

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The weapon used to quell a disturbance at the Guantanamo Bay prison was a modified shotgun that fires a shell packed with small rubber pellets, the Pentagon said Thursday.

A guard fired one "crowd-dispersal round," during the Jan. 2 incident and a detainee was struck by one of the pellets or by ricochet, Army Lt. Col. Joseph Todd Breasseale said.

The Pentagon spokesman said it was an M-103 Non-Lethal Round, which contains about 18 small rubber balls, each about 1/3 of an inch in diameter, or the size of a blueberry.

"It was a minor wound. As you can imagine these come out at a fairly high velocity but it wasn't serious enough to warrant medical care ... and when they offered it for follow-up he said he didn't want any," Breasseale said.

Earlier, Navy Capt. Robert Durand, a spokesman for the prison on the U.S. base in Cuba, had declined to identify the type of weapon used, describing the guards' response only as "non-lethal force."

The military disclosed the incident this week after attorney Clive Stafford Smith, who has represented dozens of Guantanamo prisoners on behalf of the British human rights group Reprieve, released a letter he sent to the commander of the prison on the U.S. base in Cuba requesting an investigation.

The military says the brief disturbance occurred when a detainee attempted to climb a fence and a small crowd of detainees began throwing rocks at a guard tower. Smith said in his letter that a prisoner was only trying to get the attention of a guard so he could enter a recreation yard.

The military said the incident was reviewed and officials determined the guard followed procedures.

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan
Rates

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.


This Week's Navy Times

This Week's Navy Times

More pay for longer deployments
New allowance would reward sailors after 220 days afloat

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Classifieds
MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.
Woman who cried rape
(3 replies)
   Last Post: TJMAC77SP
        May 3, 2014 1:32 PM
   Last Post: garhkal
        May 1, 2014 5:03 PM
Cliven Bundy
(45 replies)
   Last Post: Chief_KO
        Apr 26, 2014 9:49 AM
Handbooks

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook