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02-08-08, 03:15 AM #1
Jena 6 Teen Arrested... Again
Remember these "harmless school boys"?
(CNN) -- A member of the group dubbed the "Jena 6" is facing misdemeanor assault charges after a fight at his Texas high school Wednesday, police said Thursday.
Bryant Purvis was arrested after a fight Wednesday at his Texas high school, police said.
Bryant Purvis, 19, was arrested after the incident at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. Carrollton police Sgt. John Singleton told CNN the altercation does not appear to be racially motivated.
School officials contacted police about the fight Wednesday morning. An 18-year-old student told authorities two males approached him and asked if he had flattened the tires of "their homeboy's" car, according to an affidavit supporting the arrest warrant.
The student said he didn't, but the two told him they didn't believe him and walked away.
Purvis, he said, approached him from behind immediately afterward, then grabbed him with one hand and began to choke him.
"Purvis continued to choke [the student] and told him, 'Don't you ever mess with my car again,'" the affidavit said. "Purvis then pushed his head into the seating area of the bench," causing the student to strike his left eye, then walked away.
The affidavit said that in a written statement, Purvis wrote, "I walked over to him and grabbed him by his neck, then told him not to mess with my car anymore, then I left."
Police reported the student had marks on his neck and bruising on his eye.
A municipal judge set Purvis' bond at $1,000, and he was transferred to the Denton County Detention Facility, Singleton said.
Purvis is one of six former students in Jena, Louisiana, accused of being involved in the beating of a white student. He initially was charged with second-degree attempted murder and conspiracy, but charges against him were reduced in November to second-degree aggravated battery. He is awaiting trial in that case.
Civil rights leaders Martin Luther King III and Al Sharpton led more than 15,000 marchers to Jena -- a town of about 3,000 -- in September to protest how authorities handled the cases against Purvis and the five others accused in the December 2006 beating of fellow student Justin Barker.
After his arraignment in November, Purvis told reporters he had moved to another town to complete high school.
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02-08-08, 03:20 AM #2
Can't say it's a huge surprise.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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02-08-08, 03:55 AM #3
I'm not surprised at his actions, no one with a brain thought these thugs were innocent victims of racial bias. What I am especially disgusted with is the wimpy $1,000. bond this piece of garbage got.
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