ANSWERS DEMANDED OVER DEATH OF MARTIN LEE ANDERSON by Roxanne Escobales11/20/06
Ten months after 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson died in a juvenile boot camp, and no arrests have been made. Today in Tallahassee AndersonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s parents met with the Conference of Black State legislators to push for answers. WMNFÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Roxanne Escobales reports.
In January, Martin Lee Anderson ended up dead after being beaten by guards at the Bay County SheriffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Boot Camp. The videotaped incident led to the closing of boot camps throughout the state. So far, no oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been held accountable and now AndersonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s parents and black politicians want to know whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s being done about allegations of a conspiracy. State senator Frederica Wilson wants Governor Jeb Bush to deliver the promise he made that justice would be served before he left office.
State attorney Mark Ober leads the investigation into the teenagerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s death. Today in Tampa, Governor Bush said he wished the state attorney had produced results a month ago and urged him to get the job done.
The governor hopes that once state attorneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office releases its findings, conspiracy theories will be dispelled. AndersonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s parents and the black caucus of lawmakers want the investigation finished by January 2nd, the day Charlie Crist gets inaugurated as governor. If itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not, then they, the Florida N-double-A-C-P and student groups will hold a silent protest at the ceremony.
For WMNF News, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m Roxanne Escobales.