Why Was A UVa Honor Student Beaten Bloody By Cops?
[su_r_sky_ad]I could suggest that cops, who work for Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, might be more prone to assume minority students have “fake” IDs – but then, outraged conservatives would accuse me of playing the race card. Well, at least I don’t play mine with a nightstick.
A video showing the bloody arrest of a black University of Virginia undergrad sparked thousands of students to protest against police brutality Wednesday night.
Martese Johnson, 20, joined the protests, sporting 10 fresh stitches in his head from his violent takedown early that morning outside a Charlottesville pub.
Footage from the arrest, showing the Honor Committee student pinned to the street with his face covered in blood, outraged classmates and promoted the state’s governor to call for an independent investigation of the police force.
UVA was quick to challenge authorities for the actions during Johnson’s arrest for public intoxication and obsctruction of justice around 1 a.m.
“His head was slammed into the hard pavement with excessive force,” school officials said in a statement.
“This was wrong and should not have occurred. In the many years of our medical, professional and leadership roles at the University, we view the nature of this assault as highly unusual and appalling based on the information we have received,” the statement said.
Johnson, 20, faces two misdemeanor charges.
Witnesses to his arrest claim he never resisted and that the brute force was unnecessary.
Video of his arrest showed some of those reacting shocked and appalled as Johnson, bleeding on the ground, called the officers on top of him ” f—ing racists” and repeatedly asked them, “How did this happen?”
“As a witness of Martese Johnson’s arrest, I just called state police to say how he was NOT in fact resisting arrest,” tweeted a woman named Jennifer Goldman, who does not list any association with the school in her profile.
fahvel March 19th, 2015 at 3:46 am
do real people really speak the way they are quoted in the article above????
Hirightnow March 19th, 2015 at 9:03 am
Considering there are roughly 8,000,000,000 ways of speaking, I’ll go with “Yes, they do.”
Sy Colepath March 19th, 2015 at 4:24 am
Another “isolated” incident of police brutality, no doubt.
allison1050 March 19th, 2015 at 7:57 am
Yes, of course it’s “isolated”.
StoneyCurtisll March 19th, 2015 at 12:44 pm
It’s just an aberration…
Nothing to see here, please disperse…
allison1050 March 19th, 2015 at 8:11 am
Just because this young man wasn’t allowed into the bar the pigs decided that this sort of action was necessary?
jybarz March 19th, 2015 at 9:50 am
Blacks are fair game for the racist pigs. It doesn’t seem to take too much mistakes blacks make for the pigs to over react and fully satisfy their racist & sadistic ways. I wish these pigs get back equally every blow they dish out so they’ll feel and realize how heinous they are.
StoneyCurtisll March 19th, 2015 at 12:42 pm
I can hear it now from the right wing nuts….
“see what happens when you try to use a fake ID to get into a bar on St. Patricks day.. (when you are obviously black and not Irish)…
And they say “racism is over”..(cause we have a black president)…
Where are the teenage white girls with fake ID’s having their faces smashed into the pavement on St. Patrick’s day?
jasperjava March 20th, 2015 at 12:07 pm
If you’re not wearing green on St Patrick’s Day, tradition dictates that you can be pinched or hit on the arm.
But beaten to a bloody mess, that’s taking it too far.
How do you know he’s not Irish? Ever hear of Black Irish?
tiredoftea March 19th, 2015 at 12:46 pm
So,smart black underage guy is assaulted by police while a neo-nazi murderer is arrested without any such signs of assault? Nope, nothing going on with our policing, is there.
StoneyCurtisll March 19th, 2015 at 12:49 pm
maybe he didn’t “reach for his waistband” or make any black related aggressive moves like “putting his hands in the air”…:)
Bunya March 19th, 2015 at 2:21 pm
A fake ID? I smell a rat. Police don’t beat people because of a fake ID. Although the story above does say, but I think perhaps the perpetrator was doing something dangerous, like brandishing a concealed bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea.
nola878 March 19th, 2015 at 2:32 pm
If I had got beaten every time I used an fake ID back in my day, I’d have been a walking bruise.
The Execrable Bede March 19th, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Damn you, nola, what strange voodoo powers did you employ to force me to actually post a song from the Footloose soundtrack?!?
Big & Rich: Fake ID
nola878 March 19th, 2015 at 3:51 pm
I KNEW lighting that candle at Marie Laveau’s tomb would pay off!
I was hoping it’d help me win the Power Ball last night, but I guess I’ll take what I can get…
StoneyCurtisll March 19th, 2015 at 3:15 pm
Wouldn’t be the first time those weapons were involved in a fatal shooting…:)
Richard Bottoms March 20th, 2015 at 1:04 pm
The student did not have a fake ID, that is mis-reporting now circulating as fact.
Snick1946 March 20th, 2015 at 5:10 pm
Didn’t this same force of ‘Booze cops’ arrest and rough up a female student last year for possession by a minor when all she had was bottled water?