Yahoo News reports, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has called for an investigation into the early-morning arrest of Martese Johnson.
Johnson’s lawyer, Daniel P. Watkins, said his client needed 10 stitches.
Martese Johnson was charged on two counts: obstruction of justice without force, and public swearing or intoxication, Charlottesville General District Court records show.
A statement from a group calling itself “Concerned Black Students” said Johnson’s arrest was unprovoked and extreme.
To the students at UVA, protest, protest, protest. To the police, recognize their first amendment right and be peaceful. #JusticeForMartese
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) March 19, 2015
Watkins said Johnson is devastated by the events. Watkins is preparing a vigorous defense for his client, who he said has no criminal record.
UVA President Theresa Sullivan said she was disturbed by the video.
“I hate to see something bad happen to any of my students, whether it’s on the football field or something like this. My heart went out to him. I thought how I would feel if I was his mother,” Sullivan said.
Virginia ABC issued a statement on the incident Wednesday afternoon.
“The uniformed ABC Agents observed and approached the individual after he was refused entry to a licensed establishment,” the statement read. “A determination was made by the agents to further detain the individual based on their observations and further questioning. In the course of an arrest being made, the arrested individual sustained injuries. The individual received treatment for his injuries at a local hospital and was released.”
The statement said Virginia ABC will comply with the state investigation.
“Virginia ABC will provide whatever information or assistance is requested by Virginia State Police,” the statement read.
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