Enhanced Video Clearly Shows Guard Manhandling Teen

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - An enhanced video more clearly shows boot camp guards manhandling a teenager who later died, including striking the limp boy with closed fists on his forearm.

The tape is among more than 20-thousand pages of evidence released Wednesday by prosecutors in the case against the seven former juvenile boot camp guards who were videotaped manhandling 14-year-old Martin Anderson and a nurse who observed it.

The 34-minute video, which is still grainy and overexposed, shows guards repeatedly hauling the boy to his feet and knees and then pinning him face down on the ground at the Bay County sheriff's boot camp in Panama City. The guards haul him up against a pole and apparently throw water in his face.

They also appear to be holding a white cloth to his face.

The guards and the nurse entered not guilty pleas last month to charges stemming from Anderson's death.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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