Press Release

Justice For Martin Lee Anderson

October 23, 2007

Florida State Conference NAACP Demands Justice During Upcoming March and Rally


Florida State Conference NAACP


The Florida State Conference NAACP is galvanizing thousands of people from across the state of Florida and the Nation to attended and support the “The Justice for Martin Lee Anderson” March and Rally being held to demand justice for Martin Lee Anderson, a Black 14-year-old who was tragically killed while in the custody of a Bay County Boot Camp.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 11:00 a.m


Tallahassee Federal Courthouse
111 North Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301


The Florida State Conference NAACP is outraged at the not-guilty verdict rendered on Friday, October 12, 2007 by an all white jury. This verdict acquitted the Deputies and Nurse who were responsible for the death of Martin Lee Anderson. The Florida State Conference NAACP has requested the United States Department of Justice to investigate the charges for possible Civil Rights Violations.

The defense was based on the fact that young Martin died from the Sickle Cell Trait and not from the beating, which included vigorous kicking and the use of ammonia. Video of the incident shows that the deputies used excessive force on young Martin. This 14-year-old was beaten by eight deputies while the Nurse looked on. There are clear Civil Rights Violations and we are here to ensure that they are brought to justice.

For more information, contact the Florida State Conference NAACP office at 407-843-5320.