Lynchburg residents address racial bias in justice system

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Lynchburg Police Chief Ryan Zuidema, Commonwealth Attorney Bethany Harrison, and the organization One Community One Voice will hold a public meeting on Monday, December 23 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of E.C. Glass High School.

The meeting is to answer questions from the community regarding the investigation and jury trial of Austin Rozdilski, a 17-year-old who was charged with shooting two E.C. Glass High School seniors earlier this year, one of whom, Dre’yon Browley, died.

Rozdilski, who argued self-defense, was found not guilty of Browley’s murder.

Rozdilski was found guilty of the unlawful wounding of Justin Barnett, who survived the shooting, for which Rozdilski faces up to five years in a penitentiary.

During and after the trial, many in the community noted that the defendant was white, both victims were black, and the jury was all-white.

“In the interest of transparency and to facilitate healing,” said Police Department spokesperson Carrie Dungan, “the town hall will be an open dialogue with community members. “

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