UVA Student’s Bloody Arrest Sparks Investigation

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The University of Virginia is the latest place invaded by protesters demanding answers from local authorities. More than 1,000 people gathered to support honor student and UVA Junior Martese Johnson.

Video taken of Johnson being tackled by alcohol and beverage agents outside an Irish Pub has many in shock.

20-year-old Johnson was allegedly turned away from the pub after attempting to use a fake ID and he attracted the attention of the officers. For whatever reason, the situation quickly escalated and Johnson was thrown to the ground, hitting his head on the cement.

A bloodied Martese Johnson, the University of Virginia student who was arrested and injured by police in the early morning hours of March 18, 2015.

Bloodied University of Virginia student Martese Johnson was arrested & injured by police in the early morning hours of March 18, 2015.

The gash on Johnson’s head covered his face in blood and required 10 stitches.

He was charged with obstruction of justice and public intoxication.

Martese Johnson, 20, was arrested by the Charlottesville, Virginia, police department early Wednesday, March 18, 2015, and charged with two misdemeanors, public intoxication and obstruction of justice. According to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), uniformed ABC special agents arrested Johnson after he was refused entry to a licensed establishment and questioned. The governor of Virginia ordered an investigation after Johnson was injured during the arrest.

Martese Johnson, 20, was arrested by Charlottesville, Virginia officers early Wednesday, March 18, 2015 and charged with two misdemeanors, public intoxication and obstruction of justice.

 

The harsh nature of the arrest has sparked anger and many people are calling for something serious to be done. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has launched an investigation into the excessive force claims and the arresting officers in question have been restricted to administrative duties.