Mychal Bell Goes Home

Mychal Bell, a central figure in the saga that is the ‘Jena 6,’ posted a $45,000 bail today and has returned home to await trial in juvenile court on charges of assault in December.

His release comes after the widely-regarded protests that took place in the Louisiana town two weeks ago, calling for justice in a case involving six black teens who beat up a white student who used racial slurs. This incident occurred after several racially-motivated events among black and white students in Jena, which spiked after three nooses were hung in a tree of the local high school after black students requested to sit under it.

The charges remain, and Bell still faces imprisonment until the age of 21 if he is convicted in juvenile court. Four others face similar charges, after all faced attempted murder originally.

This is okay news, but definitely not good. Will this turn of events create a false of security in the judicial system in Jena as a result of the protests? Is it time for us to turn our immediate attention away from this issue? Check this quote from the Jena district attorney, Reed Walters, regarding the protests;

“The only way — let me stress that — the only way that I believe that me or this community has been able to endure the trauma that has been thrust upon us is through the prayers of the Christian people who have sent them up in this community,” Walters said.

“I firmly believe and am confident of the fact that had it not been for the direct intervention of the Lord Jesus Christ last Thursday, a disaster would have happened. You can quote me on that.”

Well, at least he keeps his racism consistent.

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Published on September 28, 2007 at 3:33 pm. 13 Comments.
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