RESURRECTION FOR JUSTICE CAMPAIGN CALLS FOR ARREST OF GUARDS AND NURSES IN MARTIN LEE ANDERSON BEATING-Andrew Stelzer03/17/06
The Bay County Sheriff's Office Boot Camp documents obtained by
The Associated Press show that the boot camp guards videotaped kneeing and punching a teen who later died had consistently used the same techniques on other youths.
The documents show the guards were involved in at least 63 other instances. They used knee strikes, hammer-fist blows, painful pressure point restraints and other physical encounters with detainees.
The guards were also involved in the confrontation with
14-year-old Martin Anderson on January fifth. Anderson died the next morning. State Senator Fredrica Wilson says the people running the juvenile boot camp thought the kids were disposable.
Governor Jeb Bush defends the state's boot camp system, noting
the number of kids going into the adult system has dropped 42 percent during his tenure as governor.
The Bay County camp no longer houses any juvenile and is being
closed. The boy's family and several of Florida's black legislative leaders, including Florida State Senator Gary Siplin have called for the guards' arrests.
Pathologists said following a second autopsy that the teen did
not die of natural causes.
The Bay County medical examiner who did the original autopsy
defends his finding that the boy died a natural death from sickle cell trait, a usually benign blood disorder many blacks have. Jacksonville are state senator Tony Hill says the original coroner is part of a criminal conspiracy.
Governor Jeb Bush says he thinks progress is being made in the Anderson investigation., and he believes that Florida's boot camps have helped reduce juvenile crime by 18 percent over the past seven years.
Now the NAACP and other a coalition of more than 15 African American groups, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Black Chamber of Commerce, Rainbow Push Coalition, Sickle Cell Association, 100 Black Women, the National Black United Front and the National Urban League, have come together and begun the â€œresurrection for justiceâ€? campaign, to demand the arrest of anyone involved in the beating, including the guards and the nurse who refused to intervene. Gypsy Gallardo is the statewide chairperson of the NAACPS economic development committee, sheâ€™s been bringing the coalition of groups together, and says they will be mounting a vigorous campaign to put pressure on anyone who has the power to get justice of the family of Martin lee Anderson GYPSY ON MARTIN LEE
That was Gypsy Gallardo, statewide chairperson of the NAACPS economic development committee, and leader of a coalition of groups calling for the arrest and prosecution of all the guards and horses involved in the beating death of Martin Lee Anderson. For more information about the resurrection for justice campaign, contact the Florida State Conference NAACP office at 407-843-5320.