A former member of the Kentucky National Guard claims he was severely beaten by other soldiers who thought he was a prisoner, and the repercussions can be felt right here in Michigan.
Former guardsmen Sean Baker claims he was ordered by an officer in the U.S. Army to pose as an uncooperative detainee. Army officials in Miami, Florida tell News Ten he was volunteering for a training exercise at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Baker was volunteering for another unit. Officials say that unit was the 303rd Military Police Company based in Jackson, Michigan. Baker claims he was beaten so badly by the four U.S. soldiers in January 2003 that he suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Army officials say these four soldiers from the 303rd were not aware of the exercise at the time, but say the only injury Baker received was a small cut above his eye.
Members of the 303rd say they know nothing about the incident, adding they believe the reports are false. Baker says the beating didn't stop until the soldiers realized he was an American.
The Army says a line of duty investigation was conducted in February of 2003. It found no criminal misconduct.