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Martin Lee Anderson (c. January 15, 1991 – January 6, 2006) was a 14-year-old from Florida who died while incarcerated at a boot camp-style youth detention center, the Bay County Boot Camp,[1] located in Panama City, Florida and operated by the Bay County Sheriff's Office.[2] Anderson collapsed while performing required physical training at the camp. While running track, he stopped and complained of fatigue. The guards coerced him to continue his run, but then he collapsed and died. A 30-minute portion of the surveillance video depicting the coercion was made public.[3]
The teenager's death resulted in a broad outcry accusing the camp guards of racially motivated murder, in part in response to an official videotape that showed the guards using physical coercion. The Florida legislature voted to close the state's five juvenile boot camps. Contents[hide] * 1 Public outcry * 2 Circumstances * 3 Investigation * 3.1 Two autopsies * 4 Controversy and criticism * 4.1 Medical examiner criticized * 4.2 Tunnell's resignation * 4.3 Sit-in and “march for justice” * 5 Actions taken against state/investigators * 5.1 Civil-rights complaints * 5.2 Lawsuit * 5.3 Arrests and trial * 6 Changes to juvenile justice system * 7 See also * 8 Notes * 9 References * 10 External links |
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The death became a cause célèbre and received national attention. The local Medical Examiner, Dr. Charles Siebert, performed an autopsy and ruled that the teen died of "complications from sickle cell trait". He said, "It was a natural death."[4] This caused further public outcry. The Governor ordered a second autopsy; the second pathologist, Dr. Vern Adams, ruled Martin Anderson’s death was "caused by suffocation due to actions of the guards at the boot camp. The suffocation was caused by manual occlusion of the mouth, in concert…...

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