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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Boys alleged being choked at camp

Two boys had complained of being choked by guards at a youth boot camp before Martin Anderson died after a confrontation with drill instructors.

Miami Herald, FL

Other festivities included:

According to boot camp records obtained by The Miami Herald, since 2003 the Bay sheriff's office has verified complaints that an officer forced several youths to strip naked and then perform pushups and other exercises in the middle of the night.

Probably it sounded something like this:
Full Metal Jacket Drill Sergeant (mp3)
except not as well executed.

Update: Fla. Video Said to Show Boot Camp Beating
Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A videotape shows guards brutally beating a boy at a military-style boot camp for juvenile delinquents not long before the teenager died, two lawmakers said Thursday.

Martin Lee Anderson, 14, died Jan. 6 at a Pensacola hospital, a day after he entered the camp because of an arrest for theft.

Anderson complained of breathing difficulties and collapsed during exercises that were part of the entry process at the camp, which was run by the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities have said he had to be restrained when he became uncooperative during the workout.

State Rep. Gus Barreiro, a Republican, called the videotape "horrific," saying he had "never seen any kid being brutalized ... the way I saw this young man being brutalized."


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