South Florida Community Demands Accountability After Black Teen Jumps Into Canal, Dies During Police Chase (Video)

Residents of South Florida community rallied Saturday to demand answers in the death of a local teen who drowned during a foot chase with police.

Family, friends, and supporters of Damain Martin gathered for a march in Fort Lauderdale over the weekend, where they questioned officers’ efforts to rescue the young man, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Protesters marched from the African American Research Library and Cultural Center to a family member’s home several blocks away.

“The only thing I’m here for is justice, justice, and justice,” said Martin’s mother, Tequila Waters. “Nothing but justice and answers.”

“My son didn’t deserve this,” she added.

Martin, 16, was riding in a Jeep with three others when they were stopped by police in the metro Miami suburb of Sunrise, Florida, March 8, according to a police report. Authorities said the car was reported stolen out of Parkland — a city about 20 minutes north.

Martin and his friends bailed, fleeing the scene on foot. Three of the teens were caught, but officers said Martin ran about half a mile down the road before hopping a fence and jumping into a canal.

According to authorities, one of the officers fired his stun gun at the teen during the chase before he plunged into the water. It’s unclear if Martin was struck.









































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