Members of the Black Panther Party speak in front of Jena courthouse. In one of the biggest civil rights demonstrations in years, thousands descended on the town of Jena to protest a double standard of prosecution for blacks and whites. In 2006, three nooses were hung from a tree outside Jena High School after three black students had sat under it, which then led to several racially-charged incidents. After the last one, six black students were arrested and charged with attempted murder for beating a white student. Police treatment of the six black students, who became known as the Jena Six, was seen as excessive and racist.