Mayor Cory Booker today released a statement in response to the attempted murder charges initially brought against five African-American teenagers in Jena, La.
"Today, I wear black in solidarity with all those across the nation who are calling for justice for the ‘Jena 6'," said Booker. "As Mayor of Newark, I am outraged at the double standard being displayed and the inequalities that exist throughout this case."
The mayor added his voice to 1000s of protestors down South who say the charges – reduced to battery in the cases of all but one of the young people in question after they allegedly beat a white student – are extreme.
"I support justice, fairness, and equality in Newark and our entire nation, and call upon the District Attorney in Jena, La., to dismiss the current charges and apply appropriate sanctions that are equal and just for the six young men," said Booker. "I encourage all Newark residents to show solidarity with this drive to help make justice for the ‘Jena 6' and justice for all a reality in our nation."