Investigations launched into UVA student Martese Johnson's violent arrest

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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Investigations launched into UVA student's violent arrest
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After a violent arrest left a college student from Chicago with a bloody face, there are now two investigations underway in Virginia.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WLS) -- After a violent arrest left a University of Virginia college student from Chicago with a bloody face, there are two investigations currently underway in Virginia.

One is a criminal investigation at the request of the city prosecutor, the other is an administrative review ordered by Virginia's governor. Both are aimed determining whether authorities went too far in the arrest of the young man from Chicago.

The now-viral video of 20-year-old Chicagoan Martese Johnson shows him bleeding from his head and tackled to the ground.

The UVA student arrest is now under independent review by the state police at the request of the governor.

"I'm disturbed, I'm bothered by the photo and we are going to get to the bottom of it and somebody's gonna answer for it but let's at least let the investigation run its course," said Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Virginia alcoholic beverage control agents say they made the arrest early Wednesday morning after the underage student tried to get into a bar near campus.

"The general conclusion is they may have used too much force to affect an

arrest. Not knowing the front end of that conversation, it makes it difficult," said Brad Garrett.

The incident has prompted outrage from UVA students. They marched in support of the Chicago native who himself was brought to tears last night at a campus rally.

"I beg for you guys, regardless of your personal opinions and the way you

feel about subjects to please respect everyone here," said Martese Johnson.

According to this arrest report, Johnson was "very agitated and belligerent" at the time of the incident. Bail was set at $1,500 and his release from custody "when sober" according to the report.

Martese Johnson, 20.
Photo courtesy of the University of Virginia

Martese Johnson, 20. (Photo courtesy of the University of Virginia)