20-Year–Old Student from University of Virginia Arrested For Public Intoxication
A video shows Martese Johnson, a 20-year-old student from the University of Virginia (UVA), lying face-down on the pavement and bleeding from his forehead.
Johnson boy got injured when agents from Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control arrested him for public intoxication and obstruction of justice.
The video showed him yelling at the cops that he goes to the UVA. Johnson was even calling the police officials as racists in the video.
The video does not show the moments leading to the arrest of the UVA student. But many claim that it is the latest example of excessive force by officers against a black man.
As per sources, the whole incident started when Johnson turned away from a bar during St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
The agency said that the Virginia ABC agents approached Johnson. The cops later decided to arrest the boy based on their observations and further questioning.
Johnson's attorney Daniel Watkins said, "Just before handcuffing him, police took Martese to the ground, striking his head on the pavement and causing him to bleed profusely from the gash on his head".
While giving more details on the issue Watkins said that Johnson's head wound required 10 stitches.
Several hundreds of University students of different races protested on Wednesday night after the incident.
Johnson expressing his views said that regardless of what personal opinions one has, he/ she must respect everyone. Because they are one community and deserve to respect each other, especially in situations like this.
In addition, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has ordered for an independent investigation by Virginia State Police to check whether the alcohol control agents used excessive force.
UVA President Theresa Sullivan said she was quite disturbed seeing the images of the arrest and contacted the governor's office to ask for an investigation.
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