Demonstrators filled the streets of Jena, La., Thursday in support of six black teenagers charged in the beating of a white classmate.
The crowd chanted “free the Jena six,” as the Rev. Al Sharpton arrived at the courthouse with family members of the jailed teens.
Sharpton said he and Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and William Jefferson (D-LA) will press the House Judiciary Committee next week to summon the Jena district attorney to explain his actions before Congress
He said it could mark the beginning of 21st century challenge of disparities in the justice system. He also said he planned a November march in Washington.
Meanwhile, a state appeals court on Thursday ordered a hearing on why one of the defendants is still in jail, even though his conviction has been overtured.
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal last week reversed the second-degree battery conviction of 17-year-old Mychal Bell, saying he should not have been tried as an adult. NPR