Boot Camp Beating Death

The boy died at a hospital a few hours after complaining of breathing problems while doing exercises. It will be some time before his family gets their wish.

But news that government officials not connected with the investigation got to see the tape has done nothing to ease their pain.

Gina Anderson, the victim's mother, says, "This is a picture of my baby a day after his 15th birthday. It's sad he shouldn't of come out like this only two hours after he entered there."

Family of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson is outraged that a tape of their son hours before he died has been seen by government officials but not them.

Benjamin Crump, the family attorney, says, "If you were the parent of Martin Lee Anderson, wouldn't you want to see what happened to your baby?

State Rep. Gus Barriero is one of just two lawmakers to see the videotape of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson from the Bay County boot camp on the day the teen died.

Rep. Gus Barriero, (R) Miami, says, "I saw guards kick him in the back of the knee to bring him down. I saw when he couldn’t even stand up pretty much on his own, they had to hold him up, and when they put him back down, just constant punching on him.
It was disgusting."

Thursday the Bay County sheriff, whose office runs the detention center, fired back calling Barreiro a “loose cannon politician interfering with his investigation.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is handling the investigation and has no plans to immediately release the tape.

Tom Berlinger, FDLE spokesman, says, "We still maintain that it will be better for the investigation, at least if we keep it under wraps at least until the completion of the investigation."

It is not soon enough for the boy's family who plans to sue Bay County and the department of juvenile justice who oversees the boot camp.

Anderson adds, "I'm ready to see what my baby went through with seven of those guards."

The boy was admitted to the boot camp after he was caught taking his grandmother’s car for a joyride without her permission.


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