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US won't file charges in Florida boot camp death

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The family of a 14-year-old Florida boy who died in 2006 after being hit and kicked by guards at a sheriff's boot camp says federal officials will not file charges against the guards.

A videotape of the 30-minute incident involving Martin Lee Anderson attracted national attention and led to the closure of Florida's boot camps for juvenile offenders.

A jury acquitted the seven guards and a nurse of manslaughter charges in state court. Federal authorities then began investigating whether the boy's civil rights were violated.

Anderson's relatives say they were told of the decision during a meeting Friday with representatives of the U.S. Justice Department. Supporters gathered outside a courthouse in Tallahassee during that meeting.

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