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Video: Virginia Student's Arrest Injuries Spark Protests, Investigation

March 19, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Virginia Student's Arrest Injuries Spark Protests, Investigation

The Virginia State Police have been asked to conduct an independent investigation after a University of Virginia student was injured during an arrest near campus Wednesday.

In a statement, University President Teresa Sullivan said the student was injured at around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday while being taken into custody by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents outside the Trinity Irish Pub in Charlottesville, CBS News reports.

The Cavalier Daily, a student-run newspaper, identifies the person injured in the arrest as Martese Johnson, a third-year, African American student. A photo accompanying the article shows a black male with a bloody face being restrained on the ground by authorities.

Johnson was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing justice without threats of force, and profane swearing or intoxication in public.

According to the paper, the arresting ABC agent wrote on an arrest report that Johnson "was very agitated and belligerent but has no previous criminal history."

Furthermore, the paper alleges that during the course of the arrest, Johnson sustained a head injury requiring 10 stitches.

Hundreds of students gathered on campus Wednesday night for a rally and a march to protest the police treatment of Johnson, and many stayed until about 11 p.m., the Washington Post reports.

Comments (6)

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Leonard Mather @ 3/19/2015 3:37 PM

Poor baby! Fake ID, attempting to gain entry to use fake ID at a drinking establishment. Probably a product of Al and Jesse polarization exacerbated by the Ferguson Syndrome. Martese DOES NEED ADVICE on being cooperative when dealing with LEOs and their requests. He needs to hear that compliance, in following orders is wise. Only AFTER the operation is over is it advisable to file complaints that he feels need be done to determine proper outcome and assessment. Of course that would be after he was charged for Fake ID, or worse. And this event occurred NOT because he was Black, but rather that he was dead wrong in his choice of actions. Some people have to learn the hard way, even when enrolled at UVA.

Greg @ 3/19/2015 4:26 PM

And I am so tired of the term "African American"! No one ever calls me German, Irish, Dutch (and whatever else I have in me) American. I am just just proud to be an American.

rede2hike @ 3/19/2015 4:42 PM

Boy, wish I was born above the law.
I've said this a thousand times in the last 6 months, "if you don't want the cops to bother you, don't break the law and if you do, do as you are told. Your life will be much nicer and it will less expensive and we will all be happier".
Bonehead drunk, stepped across the line & it's the cops fault.
I always find it odd that how the idiots act prior to them feeling the long reach of the law never makes it on tv. Why is that? ?? Is it just because I'm biased with 25 years of dealing with the innocent idiots or are my "blue line brothers & sisters" really that horrible?
I'm pretty sure we all know the answer...
Be safe & watch over each other, we are all targets now!!

Dan Joseph @ 3/21/2015 4:21 PM

How would you want to be treated if it was you? Would you want your son or brother treated the same? Just because you have a badge does not allow you to treat other poorly or disrespectfully. I guess it is ok for the cops to show poor judgement because this young man failed to do so? Just exactly who is supposed to serve and protect?

JoJo @ 3/23/2015 7:23 AM

@ Dan Joseph, who said the police showed poor judgment? It is common when having to take a combative person to the ground that they might strike their head. He should of obeyed the law and when he was caught took his punishment like a man, instead of playing the race card.

concerned Dad @ 3/30/2015 3:37 PM


There are multiple cases whee the citizen is innocent and the cops broke the law. It is just now that cameras (thanks to fb and youtube) that the citizens are seeing the damage. This is not always the case.

Recent cases:
Portland judge says the cops are not credible for lying about the arrest of Thai Gurgle.
The arrest and beating of Floyd Dent (still under investigation).
Bloomfield NJ cops indicted for lying about and beating an innocent man at a traffic stop.
This list goes on and on…. you can even turn on the evening news (ABC with David Muir) and they even show the videos.

So we as citizens are well passed the"if you don't want the cops to bother you, don't break the law". I am sorry to say that the credibility and trust in the police no longer exists for many people.

This is something that we came up on our own, we saw it with our own eyes.

I am a 53 year old white dad of a 13 year old boy, who had the cop talk with his son.

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