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JONESBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The trial for the embattled mayor Leslie Thompson is underway. He's charged with three felony counts of malfeasance in office. Our Nolan Crane joins us on set and shows us why crowds marched outside the courtroom in support of the mayor.

Supporters of Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson gathered together early this morning for a special prayer service. They then marched a quarter of a mile to the courthouse where the trial is taking place because they say the charges are erroneous.

"They are attacking this man not because he has done anything wrong, but they are attacking him because he is black. This has everything to do with race," said Mauricelm- Lei Millere.

Mr. Millere is the chief advisor of the New Black Panther Party. He flew in from Washington DC to help with the rally. Millere says he's happy with today's turnout and he says they won't be going anywhere...anytime soon.

"Today we have the presence of the town. Tomorrow we intend to have our presence here. The next day we intend to have our presence here. We will rotate, go back and get more people the same way we organized Jena, Louisiana and there will be beep in this town," said Millere.

Supporters of the mayor held signs and wore personalized shirts because they say Thompson is innocent.

"We're here because he is righteous and he is a good man and he is honest and he is constantly trying to prove that," said Irer Melton.

Mayor Thompson is grateful for the support from marchers of all ages and he says the only incentive they have to show up is to seek justice.

"When they learned that I was going to be that adamant in my position they said this is the kind of thing we fight for and this is something that they don't charge for. This is something that they do because they believe in it and I really appreciate it," said Mayor Leslie Thompson.

The supporters of Mayor Thompson say their will continue to be peaceful and respect as long as they are treated with respect.

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