University of Virginia Student Beaten, Arrested By Alcohol Control Agents

Martese Johnson
Martese Johnson (Courtesy of Charlottesville Police Department)



(ABC News) – The state is investigating whether excessive force was used during the arrest of a 20-year-old black University of Virginia student after he attempted to enter a bar near the college early Wednesday morning, officials said.

Third-year student Martese Johnson was arrested by Alcoholic Beverage Control agents after he was rejected entry from a University Avenue bar, authorities said. The agents then approached Johnson and “a determination was made” to arrest him – during which time “the arrested individual sustained injuries,” according to the ABC agency, which is charged with enforcing alcohol laws in the state.

Cell phone video of the incident shows the student lying face down on the sidewalk with two agents detaining him as bystanders yell, “His head is bleeding!” From another angle, he is shown with his face bloodied, shouting, “I go to UVA!” and then “You f—ing racists!”

He was charged with public intoxication and obstruction of justice, ABC officials said in a statement. They would not comment on the case beyond details of the arrest. “The individual received treatment for his injuries at a local hospital and was released,” according to the statement.


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