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Rally for Martin Anderson

Nearly 3,000 people rallied at the Florida Capitol Friday morning demanding answers and arrests in the death of Martin Lee Anderson.

They want to know why Bay County boot camp guards have not yet been charged in the 14-year-old's death.

Civil rights giants Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton walked arm in arm with Martin Lee Anderson's parents. Students were chanting and waving signs with Anderson's picture on them, up Madison and Duval Streets to the Florida Capitol.

Phillip Agnew, incoming FAMU student body president, says, "On January 5, 2006 this year, Martin Lee Anderson was murdered by seven guards employed by our state Department of Juvenile Justice in Bay County, Florida. We know this because we've seen the tape, and now over three months later no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed, and they expect us to wait."

Students filled the Capitol courtyard, an estimated 3,000 people in all demanding the results a second autopsy, and the arrests of the Bay County boot camp guards involved in restraining and beating Martin Lee Anderson that day in January.

Reverend Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist, says, "We came to Florida to tell the governor, let's go to the tape! If you want to know why they ought to arrest today those men that beat Martin Anderson, just go to the tape!"

The family's message to the crowd is that Martin Lee Anderson will forever be remembered either because the guards were held accountable or because they got away with it.


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