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A new study shows that there is a disparity between the number of Black arrests when compared to the size of the African-American population in parts of Virginia: In Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, the arrest rate for Blacks is twice as high as it is for other races. According to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, between 2011 and 2012 in Staunton, there was a Black arrest rate of 403 arrests per 1,000 residents, and 149 for those who are non-Black. In Waynesboro, there were 274 arrests per 1,000 Black residents, and in Augusta County, there were 88 arrests per 1,000 Black residents. Chief Williams of the Staunton Police Department said there isn’t any bias in his department’s arrest practices, though. He claims that he has never received complaints from the public regarding arrest rates. He also shared that the relationship between police officials and the residents within the local community is positive. “I think it’s pretty good, but I’m not here to tell you we’re always right either,” he said. Read more.

Jamie Foxx to Play Corrupt Cop in Upcoming Film

Fresh off of his success from “Annie,” Jamie Foxx is on to his next project. The actor will star in a film about a corrupt cop who goes to extreme measures to save his son. The film, “Sleepless Night,” follows the journey of a Las Vegas cop named “Vincent Downs” who fights to save his son’s life after he’s kidnapped by thugs who claim that Downs stole cocaine from them. The film is a remake of the 2011 French movie “Nuit Blanche.” Foxx will star alongside Michelle Monaghan who plays the Internal Affairs agent who investigates Downs. “With a sharp script and a first rate team of talent in front of and behind the camera, we are proud to produce ‘Sleepless Night’ and to make this project the inaugural film under our international distribution agreement with FilmNation,” said Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road, the production company that the film is being created under. The film will be produced by Lauranne Bourrachot and Marco Cherqui and directed by Baran Bo Odar. Read more.

First Black Woman in Wyoming Legislature Dies at 88

Harriet Elizabeth Byrd, the first African-American woman in Wyoming’s House and Senate, has passed away. Byrd was elected in to the state House in 1981 and in to the Senate in 1989, which made her the first Black person to serve in both houses. The political maven broke barriers for African-American women throughout her entire career. After receiving her degree from West Virginia State College, she returned to her former high school to teach but was denied by the Laramie County School District because she was an African-American female. Staying true to her passion for educating the youth, Mrs. Byrd went to teach at F.E. Warren Air Force Base instead. “Liz Byrd was a teacher who shaped the lives of many children and a leader who demonstrated that each person makes a difference. She was a role model for all people, for women and for Wyoming,” said Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. Byrd died at her house in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was 88. Read more.

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