Tragic footage of a notorious boot camp

Teenager collapsed in January after rough handling


David Puner
November 29, 2006 1:26AM (UTC)

In the following silent, grainy video, shot last January in Panama City , Fla., at first it seems as if maybe a Little League team is running laps . . . monitored by officers? What follows is anything but a jog in the park and, warning: the footage is disturbing. The runners, by way of time-lapsing video, seem to disappear like ghosts. In the last seconds of the video, someone falls to the ground amidst a swarm of what appear to be authority figures. The fallen is reportedly Martin Lee Anderson, a 14-year-old boy who was at the juvenile detention center, participating in boot camp-style exercise for having reportedly been convicted for taking his grandmother's Jeep for a joy ride. The struggle between Anderson and guards appears to be ongoing throughout the tape - allegedly about 30-to-40 minutes of force which included ammonia capsules under the teenager's nose. Anderson died the next day.

Today, the Hillsborough County (Fla.) State Attorney announced that seven former juvenile boot camp guards and a nurse from the Bay County Sheriff's camp have been charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of Anderson. Two autopsies were performed: one determined the cause of Anderson 's death to be due to complications from sickle cell trait; the other report concluded death by suffocation. If convicted, the former guards and the nurse could face up to 30 years in prison.

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