The beating of Martin Lee Anderson at the Bay County Boot Camp is attracting the attention of national organizers for an April 21 rally at the Florida Capitol.
Jesse Jackson, the Reverend Al Sharpton and Martin and Charlie Sheen are all expected to be in Tallahassee to protest how the state has handled the investigation since Martin’s death in January.
Jeb Bush continues to defend his Department of Juvenile Justice despite what he calls an unfortunate and tragic case.
But the governor says Sharpton and others won’t change policies.
“Mister Sharpton has been down here a couple of times in the past, and frankly he has every right to do it. I welcome him to Tallahassee, but when Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen and Al Sharpton come, it’s not necessarily going to enhance the policy. I wish them well, but it’s not something that I’m going to focus on.”
The governor is also rejecting any suggestion that he put pressure on prosecutors to wrap up their investigation of the teenager’s death
“I can’t tell a state attorney to speed up something that is being done thoughtfully so he’ll be at his pace, which is the pace that will bring the greatest amount of justice, and I support him for doing it.”
Attorneys for the family want the guards to face criminal changes and they want those charges to be filed somewhere other than Bay County.