Students Protest in Governor's Office Concerning Boot Camp Death

Thirty FAMU and FSU students are staging a sit in at the governor’s office over what they call a delay in justice in the case of 14 year old Martin Lee Anderson.

Anderson died January 6th after being beaten by guards at the Bay County Boot Camp in Panama City. The students say they are staying until charges are brought.

Once an hour, Ramon Alexander, FAMU Student Body President, reads a proclamation of the the sit in protestors demands. “That the seven guards and the nurse shown in the videotape are arrested and held accountable for their actions.”

The students also want the Medical Examiner who said Martin Anderson died from sickle cell trait arrested and his license revoked.

Another student, Gabriel Pendas of FSU says they also question why it has taken more than a month to announce the findings of a second autopsy. “How can we trust in due process when our government officials have taken steps to ensure the truth does not get out?”

Behind locked doors leading to Jeb Bush’s inner office security remains ready. An emissary from the governor’s office met briefly with group leaders, offering a private meeting with Jeb Bush. When they asked for media to be present, the governor’s office refused.

Students talked on cell phones, read and worked on laptops.

Final exams are next week, but Tara Stambeck, a FAMU student, says she and others are staying put. “No showers? No studying? No class? No finals” “Not until the demands are met. That’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.”

After four of their leaders met with Jeb Bush behind closed doors Wednesday afternoon, the students who are occupying the governor’s office lobby announced they would definitely be spending the night at the capitol. It’s also worth noting that several democratic lawmakers have been stopping by to visit… bringing water and snacks to the students

It has been more than 105 days since Martin Lee Anderson died.


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