Angry Supporters of Martin Anderson Family Call for Inauguration Protest

By: Victoria Langley
By: Victoria Langley

The Florida NAACP is threatening a protest of governor-elect Charlie Crist’s inauguration January 2nd if there are still no arrests by then for the death of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson. The teen was beaten and suffocated in a state-run boot camp last winter.

Martin Lee Anderson’s parents came to the Capitol to meet with members of the Black Legislative Caucus and the NAACP. They all want to know why Jeb Bush hasn’t kept his promise so far that someone would be held accountable for the 14-year-old’s death before he left office.

Speaking for the family, Senator Frederica Wilson said they’re out of patience. “Someone needs to pay for what has happened to this young man.”

Jeb Bush turned the investigation into the teen’s beating and suffocation at a state-run boot camp over to special prosecutor Mark Ober last spring. Bush’s office makes weekly calls to Ober for updates.

But the boy’s mother Gina Jones says that’s not enough any more. “He needs to show it, show the world that it’s taking too long. He could have done more than what he’s doing.”

The state NAACP is promising a protest at Governor-Elect Charlie Crist’s inauguration January 2nd if nothing’s been done by then. “We want him to start off understanding that we’re not going to stop, and we’ll continue to force the issue until some action is taken.”

Governor-Elect and Attorney General Charlie Crist had not planned to meet with the Anderson family. His office also tells me he has not decided whether to keep Mark Ober on as special prosecutor.


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