UVA students grill law enforcement over student’s bloody arrest

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — University of Virginia students grilled law enforcement officials about an arrest that left a student injured, and some were not satisfied with the answers.

Representatives of a black student organization repeatedly chanted in unison, "Answer the question we asked," in response to officials' remarks. Dozens of black students marched out of a university auditorium in the middle of the event with fists raised, chanting "black lives matter."

Friday's forum was arranged by the U.Va. Student Council in the aftermath of student Martese Johnson's arrest by state liquor agents outside a Charlottesville bar. Johnson, who is black, needed 10 stitches to close a gash on his head after Wednesday's scuffle with officers. Johnson is from Chicago.

Law enforcement officials said at the forum that they take the matter seriously.

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  • Gary W

    I love the one AUV student saying “We DEMAND an answer”…”We have our rights to demand”…… SINCE WHEN? That is the problem right there…..she and others live in a thought-up world that they believe the world owes them…..that they live in a “give-me” society! Time to wake up little girl……the real world will open your eyes!

  • Dan Alvarado

    When people rush to judgement miscarriages of justice occurr more often then not. The video on social media begins with the student on the ground with officers in the process of cuffing him. He is bleeding from the head. In the background you can hear an unknown individual describing the head wound using profanity. The video did not capture what led up to the arrest. Keep in mind, an officer does not need to desist or retreat from efforts to make a lawful arrest because of resistance or threatened resistance to the arrest. Furthermore, he/she is justified in using any force he reasonably believes to be necessary to effect the arrest and or to prevent the arrest from being defeated by résistance or escape. The first test, did the officers have probable cause to make the arrest? Second did the student resist the officers efforts to make the arrest. The Supreme Court has found that an individual does not have the right to resist arrest even if he/she believe the arrest to be unjustified and in fact the arrest is proved to have been unjustified. Third, was the arresting officers use of force justified based on the total circumstances of the arrest. Finally, there should be a thorough and expeditious investigation into the circumstances of this incident. It should be conducted by an independent review authority. The results should be made public. All lives matter.