Cops Brutally Beat Student Over ID Discrepancy
Incident prompts accusations of racism
A University of Virginia (UVA) student was savagely beaten and arrested Wednesday by police officers working with Virginiaâ€™s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, because there was a discrepancy with his ID.
Martese Johnson, an honor student at the university was charged with â€œresisting arrest, obstructing justice without threats of force, and profane swearing or intoxication.â€ according to the University newspaper The Cavalier Daily.
However, the student was not accused of possessing false identification.
Police issued the following statement:
â€œThe uniformed ABC Agents observed and approached the individual after he was refused entry to a licensed establishment,â€ the statement read. â€œA 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.â€
Reports indicate that Johnsonâ€™s head struck the pavement when police took him to the ground, leaving him needing ten stitches.
Witnesses say that Johnson, who has no previous criminal record, did nothing to deserve arrest or the beating he endured.
â€œIt happened so quickly,â€ Fourth-year Education student Bryan Beaubrun said. â€œOut of nowhere I saw the two officers wrestling Martese to the ground. I was shocked that it escalated that quickly. Eventually [he was] on the ground, theyâ€™re trying to put handcuffs on him and their knees were on his back.â€
Video footage of the aftermath of the incident was captured by onlookers: