Boot Camp Death Trial

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Protests are expected today outside the Panama City courthouse where the trial of seven former juvenile boot camp guards and a camp nurse is scheduled to begin.

The guards and nurse are charged in the 2006 death of a black teenager after an altercation at the now-closed Bay County Juvenile Boot Camp.

The NAACP says it will protest the decision to hold the trial in Bay County, and the selection of an all-white jury.

The Florida Legislature dismantled the state's military-style youth boot camps after Anderson's death. The case also led to the resignation of the chief of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The Legislature agreed to pay Anderson's family $5 million earlier this year to settle civil claims in the case.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Oct 9, 2007 at 08:51 AM
    I personally disagree with the what happend to that child. That was someone's child not and animal and even if it was an animal you shouldn't abuse it either. Yes,he made a mistake and but that still don't justifiy the killing.They should be punished for what they've done. For Gods shake I hope it wasn't a racism thing.Something has to be done about this or else its going to happend again.
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: QUINCY on Oct 9, 2007 at 07:21 AM
    i thin they should charge all the bay boot camp gaurds and nurse with first degree murder. the family have lost a child over some silly people.
  • by LAW Location: CAIRO on Oct 4, 2007 at 07:43 AM
    You have got to be kidding me right!! You need to look at the video again. There is a difference between throwing someone down on the ground and beating them and clearly all they did was throw him down and restrained him. He was not beat! They were doing there job. You are sent to boot camp for a reason you don't exspet them to hold your hand and pat you on the back do you? Its called DISAPLIN!!! that is what you learn and that is what you get. This needs to end.
  • by Anonymous Location: Cairo on Oct 3, 2007 at 11:06 AM
    I do not agree with the person who posted a comment below me! This trial is NOT rediculous! I remember when all this first happend, I remember watching those guards beat that poor child to death while the nurse just watched! They should be PUNISHED for what they did! I hope racism dose not become a factor here. And to know that the person below me is a corrections officer, well that bothers me to know we have people who think the way that person does! They killed him, it dosen't matter why he was there. They should get LIFE in prison!!!
  • by LEO Location: TALLAHASSEE on Oct 3, 2007 at 09:14 AM
    OBVIOUSLY DOESITMATTER DOES NOT HAVE A CHILD. IF YOU DID IT WOULDMATTER!!! BUT THAT'S BESIDES THE POINT. WHETHER HE WAS A PROBLEM CHILD OR NOT, EXCESSIVE FORCE IS WRONG. I ALSO WAS A FORMER CORRECTION'S OFFICER, AND I KNOW FROM FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE THAT SOME OFFICER'S ARE JUST AS CROOKED AND CORRUPT AS SOME INMATES. LOSS OF LIFE IN THIS SITUATION, ESPECIALLY A CHILD/MINOR IS JUST WRONG ALL THE WAY AROUND. MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY. ALTHOUGH THE YOUNG MAN MAY HAVE HAD BEHAVIORAL ISSUES, HE DID NOT DESERVE TO DIE!! AND NO MATTER HOW THEY TRIED TO COVER IT UP OR USE THE YOUNG MAN'S BACKGROUND AGAINST HIM, GOD SAW WHAT HAPPENED. IN THE END THE TRUTH AND WHAT WAS RIGHT WILL PREVAIL...ALL WHITE JURY OR NOT.
  • by DoesItMatter Location: Wakulla on Oct 3, 2007 at 08:34 AM
    I think that a trial is ridiculous. That child was in a boot camp because he obviously had behavioral problems. If he was acting up at the time, and the guards tried to restrain him and he dies there's nothing you can do. It has been said that he had health problems, so what if he fought too hard and did in fact die of natural causes? I think it's a waist of time to have a trial. His parents are trying to get money because they had a problem child who THEY sent away, now he's dead, so they think they can get some money!!! It's ridiculous!! Anything that happens between blacks and whites will be turned around into a racial issue. And this situation will too. I hope they let that nurse and that guard go, me being a corrections officer myself I see nothing wrong with what they did. They had to force to get control of this child so obviously he was in the wrong! why people just see past the black/white thing???
  • by DCD on Oct 3, 2007 at 05:45 AM
    HOPEFULLY THIS DOESN'T TURN INTO A BLACK/WHITE THING, BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY A CHILD WAS KILLED IN THE HAND OF GUARD AND A NURSE, WHICH THEY TRIED TO COVER UP BY STATING THAT HE DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES...ALTHOUGHT IT IS MESS UP THAT THEIR ARE NO BLACK SELECTED IN THE JURY WHICH GROUND FOR AN UNFAIR TRAIL ALREADY HOWEVER I PRAY THAT JUSTICE IS GRANTED TO THE ANDERSON FAMILY REGARDLESS OF BACK GROUND
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