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    Jena 6 Defendant Arrested Again
    Race; Posted on: 2008-02-07 20:24:28 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Purvis arrested for alleged Texas assault

    A Lesson From Jena

    Bryant R. Purvis, 19, one of the "Jena 6" blacks accused of gang beating a white teen named Justin Barker, has been arrested in Texas on another charge of assault.

    Purvis was one of a group of six blacks charged with attacking Barker in Jena, Louisiana, which led to an enormous protest parade in favor of the Six in 2007.

    According to reports, Purvis was arrested in his new Denton County locale near Dallas, Texas, where he was sent to live with a relative, who is a sports figure. Purvis faces charges of "assault causing bodily injury," which carries up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. Apparently Purvis attacked another Hebron High School attendee whom he had been led to believe had vandalized his car. Why Purvis is still in high school at age 19 was not explained.

    Purvis's mother, Tina Jones was understandably upset. "I wish he could just get in a place where he could walk away from the situation. I understand he gets frustrated. But he needed to walk away from this situation, being that he's already in a situation. It's very frustrating and upsetting to have to go through so much."

    The "situation" young Purvis is "already in" had repercussions around the world. Rumors and accusations about "nooses" and racism in general led to a massive protest walk in Jena, Louisiana when Purvis and five other blacks were arrested for attacking a white teenager named Justin Barker. Led by the likes of black race hustlers Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, the "Free the Jena 6" event attracted national and international attention and was compared to the "civil rights" stunts of the 1960s.

    Some of the accused blacks were even feted at a Black Entertainment Television rap awards show, while (white) musician John Cougar Mellencamp reappeared out of the void he disappeared into in the 1980s to record a song attacking the whites of Jena as a crowd of "racists." A white teen was outrageously charged with a federal hate crime for a nonviolent, albeit foolish counter protest.

    If the deputies in Denton County are correct, Purvis isn't the blameless lamb his advocates, especially those in the media, made him out to be. Purvis still faces a March 24 trial for the Jena High attack, on charges of aggravated second degree battery and conspiracy, with a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison.
    News Source: Western Voices correspondent

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