The Daily Outrage: No charges against guards in fatal beating of 14-year-old 

What: Federal officials dropped their case against seven Florida boot camp guards videotaped beating and kicking a 14-year-old inmate while a camp nurse looked on. The guards were also shown stuffing ammonia capsules up the nose of Martin Lee Anderson and covering his mouth, which an autopsy determined to have asphyxiated him. But prosecutors stated they could not prove the accused “willfully deprived” him of his civil rights.

The fallout: A state court jury previously acquitted the guards and nurse of manslaughter. However, the 30-minute videotape of the fatal beating drew national outrage and led to closure of Florida’s boot camps for juvenile offenders. Anderson’s family also filed civil lawsuits against the state that ultimately won a $7.4 million settlement.

What’s next: Justice Department officials invited Anderson’s survivors to discuss the decision directly with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. in Washington, D.C., and they are doing that.

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