About 1,000 students gathered at the University of Virginia campus Wednesday night to demand justice for a student who was injured during an arrest and appears in a photo with a bloody face.
University of Virginia students are calling for justice after Martese Johnson, who graduated from Kenwood Academy in 2012, was injured during an arrest.
There are questions about how police treated the 20-year-old man when he was taken into custody early Wednesday morning.
Video shows the UVA honor student getting slammed into the ground and bloodied during an arrest by alcoholic beverage control agents. It happened during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations outside an Irish pub in Charlottesville, Va.
The arresting agency said the uniformed agents approached Johnson after he was refused entry to the licensed establishment. The agent who made the arrest, listed in court records as J. Miller, said in the arrest report that Johnson “was very agitated and belligerent”, but witnesses say different. There was no fake ID and no law broken.
Today Johnson and his lawyer made a statement to the media and refute the police account.