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Sanchez--no desk job for him?
When there's allegations of misbehavior against cops, the officers involved will usually be put on some

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For an Army Ranger Accused of Stabbing a Man in Olympia, It's Right Back to Work

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Image from KIRO TV
Sanchez--no desk job for him?
When there's allegations of misbehavior against cops, the officers involved will usually be put on some kind of administrative leave while the case is investigated. They're not sent back onto the street with gun and baton.

Different story, it seems, in the military.

A Ft. Lewis-based Army Ranger accused of stabbing a man in the back outside an Olympia bar earlier this year has been apparently allowed to redeploy, The Olympian reports, along with a second Ranger also charged in the case. "These were specialty squads it was crucial to have them deploy with their unit," the defendants' sergeant argued, during a hearing to move the trial date.

With the agreement of the prosecutor, the judge in the case postponed a trial until May because witnesses are currently deployed overseas.

Army Ranger Alfred Joseph Sanchez allegedly stabbed Brad Merten in the back during a brawl at Charlie's Bar & Grill last March. He's been charged with first-degree assault with a deadly weapon. A second Ranger, John Melville, has been charged with first-degree burglary. Surveillance footage in the bar evidently shows Sanchez kicking down the back door of the bar after getting kicked out, and then grabbing a knife.

The Army would not specifically confirm whether or not Sanchez and Melville had been deployed or where, the Olympian says.

The victim's mother is none too happy about it. She calls the decision "a slap in the face."

 
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