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Brutality Eyed in Arrest of UVA Student By Alcohol Agents

The state is investigating whether excessive force was used during the arrest of a 20-year-old black University of Virginia student after he attempted to enter a bar near the college early Wednesday morning, officials said.

Third-year student Martese Johnson was arrested by Alcoholic Beverage Control agents after he was rejected entry from a University Avenue bar, authorities said. The agents then approached Johnson and “a determination was made” to arrest him – during which time “the arrested individual sustained injuries,” according to the ABC agency, which is charged with enforcing alcohol laws in the state.

Cell phone video of the incident shows the student lying face down on the sidewalk with two agents detaining him as bystanders yell, “His head is bleeding!” From another angle, he is shown with his face bloodied, shouting, “I go to UVA!” and then “You f—ing racists!”

He was charged with public intoxication and obstruction of justice, ABC officials said in a statement. They would not comment on the case beyond details of the arrest. “The individual received treatment for his injuries at a local hospital and was released,” according to the statement.

University Vice President for Diversity and Equity Marcus L. Martin and Dean of African-American Affairs Maurice Apprey described the incident in a message to students and staff as “appalling” and said the student’s head was “slammed into the hard pavement with excessive force.”

PHOTO: Martese Johnson is seen in this police booking photo.

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PHOTO: Martese Johnson is seen in this police booking photo.

“This was wrong and should not have occurred,” Martin and Apprey said in a written statement. “We view the nature of this assault as highly unusual and appalling based on the information we have received.”

The governor has asked the state police to begin an independent investigation into the incident.

“As evidenced by both his academic and extracurricular achievements, Martese is a smart young man with a bright future,” Watkins said. “I have spoken with him several times today, and he is absolutely devastated by yesterday’s events. Currently, we are preparing to investigate and defend this matter vigorously. Please keep Martese in your prayers during this difficult time.”

Virginia ABC said in the statement that they are restricting the special agents involved in the incident to administrative duties while the investigation into the matter is underway.

This is not the first time an ABC agent has caused a controversy at the school. In 2013 they mistakenly thought the bottled water Elizabeth Daly was carrying to her car from the grocery story was beer, and the plain clothed officers surrounded her car, one even drawing a gun.

Daly panicked and drove away, because she didn’t know the men were police. She ended up spending one night in jail. Daly later sued the Alcoholic Beverage Control and collected a $212,500 settlement and a letter from the ABC board explaining the circumstances of her arrest to present to any future employer, according to a July 30, 2014 statement from the state Attorney General’s office. The ABC did not admit any wrongdoing in the case.

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  2. While vacationing in Tahiti in early 1978, Bob Heinlein suffered a transient ischemic attack. Over the next few months, he became more and more exhausted, and his health again began to decline. The problem was determined to be a blocked carotid artery, and he had one of the earliest known carotid bypass operations to correct it.

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    Asked to appear before a Joint Committee of the U.S. House and Senate that year, he testified on his belief that spin-offs from space technology were benefiting the infirm and the elderly. Heinlein’s surgical treatment re-energized him, and he wrote five novels from 1980 until he died in his sleep from emphysema and heart failure on May 8, 1988.

  3. My Disqus comment at Popehat as Doofor has been removed.

    Discussion on Real Lawyers Have Blogs 5 comments
    Popehat unmasked : For a good cause

    Doofor 2 days ago Removed
    There is no such thing as a moral member of an authoritarian prison state judicial system. When the current regime collapses Ken deserves the same fate as such prominent Nazi jurists as Curt Rothenberger, Franz Schlegelberger, and Josef Altstoetter who were tried in Nuremberg Proceedings on charges of “judicial murder” and other atrocities.

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  4. In Soviet Russia people film themselves being cops and enforcing traffic laws, maybe they fear losing their standing, as one of the greatest tyrannical states of all time to a bunch of fat grotesquely miscegenated Amerislobs.

    Stop a Douchebag” Episode 17 – Sticker For the Lady

    Guy saying he was not resisting tasered by cop at loud music party

    A man staying at College Towers was tasered by Kent City Police officer Lt. Paul Canfield, because he exhibited physical resistance.

    The Prole had a different story.

    “There was no physical resistance or any type of resistance,” he said. “I have witnesses that I was not resisting arrest. ”

    Christopher Roff of Oberlin was at the party that night.

    He recorded a video of the incident on his cell phone that shows McFarland crouching in a corner as he is tasered.

    “Daran started asking why they were there, but the cop didn’t respond.

    He just pulled out his Taser and shot Daran with it,” he said.

    “Everyone’s going to believe a uniformed officer over you unless you have hardcore footage to prove otherwise.”

    The events leading up to the incident were not recorded.

    The police approached the party of 10 to 15 people by knocking on two separate doors leading to the same apartment.

    “I guess we had the music up too loud and when music is loud, voices are even louder,” said Jackie Tirbaso, McFarland’s girlfriend.

    “When we heard knocking, we told everyone to turn the music off and chill out,” Tirbaso said.

    Tirbaso, a sophomore fashion merchandising student, said she opened her door a few minutes later to address the officers, but Lt. Paul Canfield grabbed her arm and tried to pull her out of the apartment.

    “The cop pushed the door open, knocked her down and he got on top of her and was trying to arrest her,” Roff said.

    Officer Sarah Berkey entered the apartment through a different door and arrested Tirbaso while Canfield tasered her boyfriend.

    McFarland is charged with unlawful noise, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

    He is scheduled for pre-trial hearing in Kent Municipal Court and is charged with unlawful noise and resisting arrest.


  5. “the student’s head was ‘slammed into the hard pavement with excessive force.’”
    They should have found some soft pavement and used the appropriate amount of force.