Army Plans Criminal Investigation into Tillman’s Death
Posted on Mar 5, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle: The Department of Defense inspector general has asked the Army to open a criminal investigation into the death of Army Cpl. Pat Tillman, the football star turned soldier who was killed in Afghanistan by his fellow Rangers nearly two years ago.
The request, which came out of the inspector general’s review of four previous investigations of the April 22, 2004, shooting, will likely lead investigators from the Army Criminal Investigation Command to return to Afghanistan and conduct a monthslong investigation into whether Tillman’s death may have been a homicide, the result of criminal negligence or an accident, said an Army official who asked to remain anonymous.
Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, told The Chronicle on Saturday that while he was gratified by the inspector general’s recommendation, he was concerned about the Army “investigating itself” and said he may recommend a congressional inquiry into Tillman’s death and a possible cover-up by the military.
From the U.S. Army
Former NFL player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman