Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has called for an investigation into the brutal arrest of a Black university student. Martese Johnson, 20, was arrested on Wednesday and was brutally forced to the ground and bloodied by police officers. The entire incident was captured on video and witnessed by several other students. Johnson was charged with obstruction of justice without force and public swearing and intoxication. [The Grio]

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In March, Martese Johnson was brutally arrested by the state's Alcohol Beverage Control officers, requiring him to get 10 stitches.

Taylor Lewis
Oct, 23, 2015

The University of Virginia student who was left bloodied and injured after a violent March arrest is now suing the state's Alcohol Beverage Control department.

On March 18, then-20-year-old UVA honors student Martese Johnson was violently arrested by Virginia ABC agents who claimed that the college sophomore was attempting to enter a bar using a fake ID. Johnson was brutally tackled to the ground, and officers slammed his face into the ground as they kneeled on his back. Johnson, who had to receive 10 stitches in his head, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, obstructing justice without threats of force and profane swearing or public intoxication.

Brutal Arrest of UVA Student Martese Johnson Caught on Tape

In June, charges against the student were dropped, but The Guardian reports that the now-college senior has filed a $3 million lawsuit against the liquor agents.

"The positive takeaway from this lawsuit is that this issue is being discussed and the interaction between police and citizens being question," Johnson's lawyer, Daniel Watkins, told The Guardian.

After video of Johnson's arrest went viral, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an order restricting ABC agents' enforcement power. However, none of the officers involved have been reprimanded for their actions.