In 2000, in the tiny Central Texas town of Hearne, a military-style drug sweep sent 27 people to jail on felony charges of distributing crack cocaine. Nearly all of them were African American. One of them was Regina Kelly, who at the time was a 24-year-old waitress and single mother of four who refused to plead guilty. The film American Violet, a dramatization of the events in Hearne, will be released next week. The Takeaway talks to Bill Haney, the writer and producer of the film, and Nicole Beharie who stars in the movie.
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