Free the Jena Six!
Six African-Americans in their late teens beat a white high school student unconcious. A hate crime?
You be the judge.
What have you read about this case in your mainstream media?
What do Hillary and Obama have to say about this?
A judge on Friday denied a request to release a black teenager whose arrest in the beating of a white classmate sparked this week’s civil rights protest, by blacks in Louisiana.
Mychal Bell’s request to be freed while an appeal is being reviewed was rejected at a juvenile court hearing, denying him any chance at immediate bail, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because juvenile court proceedings are closed.
It’s not hard to imagine what would happen if it were six white teens who beat a black student to near death. Just look back at the Duke Lacross case.
There is deep, race-based hate in Louisiana. The same hate Mike Nifong used to get elected in North Carolina. The kind that you just wouldn’t believe existed in America, if you only got your news from the mainstream media.
Bell, 17, was convicted of aggravated second-degree battery, which could have led to 15 years in prison. But his conviction was thrown out by a state appeals court that said he could not be tried on the charge as an adult because he was 16 at the time of the beating, a couple of weeks ago.
“This is why we did not cancel the march,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, an organizer of Thursday’s rally along with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the NAACP. “When they overturned Mychal’s conviction, everyone said we won.”
Jackson said in an interview Friday that federal intervention is needed to protect Bell’s rights. Sharpton said he has scheduled meetings in Washington with congressional leaders to discuss the Jena Six case.
The incident was followed by fights between blacks and whites that culminated in the attack on Justin Barker, who was knocked unconscious on school grounds. According to court testimony, his face was swollen and bloodied, but he was able to attend a school function that night.
Five of the teens were originally charged with attempted second-degree murder – charges that have since been reduced for four of them. The sixth was booked as a juvenile on sealed charges.