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JONESBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) – Mayor Leslie Thompson will be in court Monday facing three felony charges of malfeasance in office. The mayor's supporters are holding a rally. As Nolan Crane reports many think this case is about race.

Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson is accused of paying insurance and retirement benefits to ineligible employees, using a town vehicle for personal use, and failure to timely reimburse the town for travel expenses. However, not everyone in town agrees with the charges.

"The stuff about the malfeasance I believe is just a bunch of trumped up charges just to hinder the mayor from doing his job," said Percy Joe.

Members of the New Black Panther Party are rallying people together to march a quarter of a mile to this courthouse on Monday at nine in the morning. They say once they get to the steps they won't be done.

"This is not going to be a march in and march out. We intend to spend time down there. We intend to organize and be down there," said Dr. Millere.

While some people say this case is all about black verses white.

"Racism, this is racism," said Dr. Millere.

Others in town say the only color that matters is green.

"If the money is missing, find it and fix it. Rights is right and wrong is wrong," said David Williams.

"I don't see it as a racial thing. I see it as stuff comes up missing. You know trying to prove where it is. It's like they are trying to cover that up with the racial mess," said Sandra Denis.

Dr. Millere says the march, rally, and prayer events will be respectful.

"We're not violent. We talk peace, but I don't teach non-violence. We are non-violent with anyone who is non-violent with us," said Dr. Millere.

We spoke with the Jackson Parish Sheriff and he says if in fact there is a rally he has no intentions of increasing security.

Dr. Millere played a big role in the Jena six protests. He will also be the guest speaker during the Sunday rally at five pm at the Jonesboro community park supporting Mayor Thompson.

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