The governor of Virginia is ordering a full investigation into the violent arrest of an African-American student. In an incident that happened early Wednesday, University of Virginia student Martese Johnson is shown in a photo with blood streaming down his face as state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents held him down. His injuries at the hands of those agents required ten stitches. The agents claim Johnson was very agitated and belligerent when they arrested him outside a Charlottesville bar, but witnesses are calling it a case of police brutality. A friend of Johnson’s says he wasn’t being aggressive but did try to pull away from one of the agents before he was grabbed from behind and wrestled to the ground.
Johnson, who is a third year honor student at the university, consistently identified himself as “a UVA student” during the arrest which was caught on video and posted on the website of UVA’s independent student newspaper, The Cavalier Daily through Youtube.com. A warning, it is graphic but is posted below:
About a thousand students protested against Johnson’s arrest Wednesday night on the UVA campus. Johnson’s attorney says his client holds a number of leadership positions at the school and has no criminal record.
Keep up with the latest on this developing #blacklivesmatter story on The Cavalier Daily’s web, HERE.
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