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Justice Still Being Sought In Martin Lee Anderson Case

April 10th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

It has been 18 months since an all white jury acquitted 7 boot camp guards and a nurse in the beating death of a 14-year-old African American. Activists have long sought intervention from the Federal government, and as Mike Vasilinda tells us, there is now hope a new administration will take a new look at the case.

It is a tape that outraged the nation. 7 guards mishandling 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson as a nurse looked on. Martin died the next day.

All 8 stood trial in conservative Panama City, where an all white jury took virtually no time to make a decision.

The decision sparked civil disobedience in Tallahassee where college students closed down the main street. Two weeks later the NAACP brought several thousand people to the Capitol to push for a Federal investigation.

What we want to know, is where our federal government holds police accountable for killing our children, Ben Crump, attorney for the Anderson family, said.

Meetings were held but nothing happened.

Activists are quietly hoping a new US Attorney here in North Florida and new leadership in the Department of Justice in Washington will decide to reopen the case.

The NAACP is pushing Washington to put the guards and nurse on Trial, away from Panama City, for violating Andersons civil rights.

The courts allowed them to go free for whatever reason and it was done in the same town where they committed the murder and we should have expected them to do it right, Adora Obi Nweze NCAAP Florida president said. There was too much covering up done.

Had he lived, Martin Lee Anderson would have turned 17 this past January.

The NAACP wants a federal civil rights trial held in Tallahassee.

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