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Tab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:35 PM
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Body of Teen Who Died at Boot Camp Exhumed
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The body of a boy who died after a videotaped beating by guards at a juvenile boot camp was exhumed Friday for a second autopsy, his mother weeping as his coffin was raised.

The body of Martin Lee Anderson was to be taken to Tampa; Hillsborough County's medical examiner was scheduled to conduct the autopsy Monday.

Surveillance video from the Florida Panhandle camp shows guards punching and kicking the 14-year-old on Jan. 5. He died the next day.

Bay County's medical examiner concluded that he died of complications of sickle cell trait, but several experts in the usually benign blood disorder have questioned that finding.

Officials for the Bay County Sheriff's Office, which ran the camp, said guards restrained Anderson after he became uncooperative during exercises. Some state legislators have called for the arrests of guards involved in the beating of the black teenager.

"I want somebody arrested before next week's end. We need answers and we need arrests, preferably by the end of today," said state Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, who sat with Anderson's family during the exhumation.

More: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/boot_camp_death
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:49 PM
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1. Hardcore!
I hope they get to the bottom of this.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:56 PM
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2. Hardcore investigation, yes
I just hope that after all the pain and suffering this kid and his family has had to go through, they nail the right person, and he doesn't 'walk' for copping a plea of insufficient evidence.
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:02 PM
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3. People should have been arrested before this.
...Surveillance video from the Florida Panhandle camp shows guards punching and kicking the 14-year-old...

Since when is it legal to do that?
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:26 PM
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4. Good.
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