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09/20/07 - JENA, LA

Chanting Demonstrators Fill Jena's Streets

Rev. Al Sharpton Addresses the Crowd (Photo by: Joe Langdale/WAFB-TV) Rev. Al Sharpton Addresses the Crowd (Photo by: Joe Langdale/WAFB-TV)
The Streets of Jena Filled with Demonstrators (Photo by: WAFB-TV) The Streets of Jena Filled with Demonstrators (Photo by: WAFB-TV)

JENA, La. (AP) - The streets of Jena are filled with demonstrators, chanting in support of six black teens charged with beating a white classmate.

The son of the late Martin Luther King says the scene is reminiscent of earlier civil rights struggles. Martin Luther King III says while punishment of some sort may be in order for the six defendants, "the justice system isn't applied the same to all crimes and all people."

As the Reverend Al Sharpton arrived at the courthouse Thursday with family members of the jailed teens, the crowd broke into chants of "Free the Jena Six."

Accusations of racism arose when the six were charged, shortly after the district attorney declined to charge three white teens who hung nooses in a tree on their high school grounds.

Five of the black teens were initially charged with attempted murder, but that charge was reduced to battery for all but one. The sixth was charged as a juvenile.


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