MIAMI (AP) - Three black members of Florida's congressional delegation asked federal officials today to investigate the acquittal of eight boot camp employees by an all-white Bay County jury in the death of a black teenager.
U.S. Representatives Alcee Hastings, Kendrick Meek and Corrine Brown also asked acting Attorney General Peter Keiser to review the
treatment of children in juvenile boot camps in other states.
Florida ended it's juvenile boot camp system after 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson died a day after his video taped encounter with the seven guards, who kneed, hit and dragged his limp body around the exercise yard of the Panama City camp.
The guards and a boot camp nurse were acquitted at their trial earlier this month.
Yesterday, about 700 hundred protesters gathered in Tallahassee for an NAACP-sponsored rally to call for federal charges in the Anderson case.
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