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December 11, 2017
WFCR Local News
WFCR Local News
Hundreds Protest Treatment of "Jena 6"
(2007-10-01)
(wfcr) - Hundreds of students and residents in Amherst, Massachusetts joined in a national rally Monday to show their support for six black students in Jena, Louisiana accused of beating a white student, last year. John Bracey, a UMASS professor in the Afro-American studies department says he's surprised by how rapidly people are reacting to this case. He compared the ongoing protests against the treatment of these juveniles to the protests that were sparked in 1955 when Rosa Parks sat in a 'whites only' seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus.

The Louisiana criminal justice system is being accused of denying the six students their rights, by initially charging them as adults. All are under 21. They are now free on bail, awaiting the start of their juvenile court proceedings. According to lawyers, Justin Barker -- allegedly knocked unconscious by the six students -- now has 14 thousand dollars in medical bills.
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