Civil Rights Leaders Say It's Time for Reconciliation in Jena, LA

JENA, La. (AP) -- Civil rights leaders say it's time for reconciliation in Jena, Louisiana.

Martin Luther King the Third, the son of the slain civil rights leader, says it's necessary for the residents of Jena to come together. The town has become the flashpoint of heated debate over race and the justice system. King says reconciliation is the final step toward non-violence.

The Reverend Al Sharpton says there must be one level of justice for everyone. He says he and other civil rights activists got involved in the case to do their part to make sure that happened.

The comments came as 17-year-old Mychal Bell was freed on bail yesterday. He's one of the group of black students known as the "Jena Six" who are accused of beating a white classmate. The district attorney said he's decided not to try Bell as an adult in the case. But he still faces trial in juvenile court..

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