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Jackson, Sharpton Racebait Boot Camp Death

Well, since it looks like the Duke University case isn’t going to work out for them, so the professional racebaiters have moved on to another story.

From the Associated Press:

Protestors continue their sit-in in the outer office of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Thursday, April 20, 2006, in Tallahassee, Fla., in protest of the investigation of Martin Anderson’s death at a Bay County boot camp.

Jackson, Sharpton Lead March To Protest Boot Camp Death

April 21, 2006

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Hundreds of college students joined the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton for a march Friday on the Capitol to protest the death of a teenager after he had been repeatedly struck and kneed at a juvenile boot camp in Panama City.

The family of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson also were in the crowd that gathered at Tallahassee’s civic center where the march began, a day after the state’s top law enforcement officer resigned amid criticism over his handling of the death investigation and a joke he made that Gov. Jeb Bush called "inappropriate."

Students held pictures of the boy and his funeral casket and sang "justice delayed is justice denied" and "this is what democracy looks like." Sharpton and Jackson held hands with his parents Gina Jones and Robert Anderson as they silently walked toward the Capitol. Jones cried when she saw the pictures.

The chants echoed from three different directions as students from Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College converged at the civic center.

The march began hours after a group of students ended a two-day sit-in outside Bush’s office and the resignation of Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Guy Tunnell following derogatory comments he reportedly made about Jackson and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

The Miami Herald reported that Tunnell compared Obama to al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and Jackson to the outlaw Jesse James at a meeting of department heads. The newspaper cited one unnamed source who was at the meeting and another who had spoken to a department head who was there. Bush wouldn’t confirm the details of the joke because he wasn’t at the meeting.

"He made a joke that was inappropriate," Bush said. "He apologized to Lt. Gov. (Toni) Jennings. I don’t know exactly what he said. It’s important that the agency which is a critically important agency for people to have confidence, move forward. I thought it was appropriate to move on."

"We’ve come to Florida because a boy was killed not because somebody called us names," Sharpton said in response to Tunnell’s reported comments.

Tunnell had started the boot camp when he was Bay County’s sheriff and his agency was investigating the death until it was taken off the case by a special prosecutor appointed by Bush.

During the investigation, Tunnell had forward e-mails to the present sheriff that criticized those who questioned the effectiveness off the boot camp concept.

Bush said he did not ask Tunnell to resign. He came to the Governor’s Mansion late on Thursday to resign.

"I think it was probably a cumulative thing to be honest with you," Bush said. "The e-mail question as it related in the matter of this young child was inappropriate. He recognized that and it put the agency in a difficult situation."

The students ended their sit-in Thursday night after Anderson’s parents met with Bush for the first time since their son’s death in January.

The parents have criticized the governor and state officials for what they say is a cover-up of the events leading to their son’s death. They left Thursday’s meeting saying they were satisfied at finally being able to express their grief to Bush.

"Hopefully justice will be served soon," Jones said.

Anderson died at a Pensacola hospital a day after guards were videotaped hitting, kicking and dragging him at the camp. The parents are focused on obtaining results from a second autopsy performed on their son, their attorney said.

In the first autopsy, Dr. Charles Siebert ruled the boy died of complications from sickle cell trait, a usually benign blood disorder. Anderson’s parents, the student protesters and the Legislature’s black caucus have called on Bush to revoke Siebert’s license because they don’t agree with his finding. Siebert has repeatedly stood by his findings, saying they were based on reliable science, not emotions. He also said he was being unfairly attacked by special interest groups

Science, schmience.

They have to keep doing autopsies until they get the required result.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 21st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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