CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A University of Virginia student whose bloody arrest sparked a public uproar and a state police investigation is due in court to have the charges dropped.
Martese Johnson is scheduled to appear Friday in Charlottesville General District Court, where a prosecutor said he will ask the judge to dismiss two misdemeanor counts.
Alcoholic Beverage Control Department agents arrested the 20-year-old Chicago native outside a bar on March 18. The arrest received widespread attention with photos and videos on social media showing Johnson pinned to the ground, his face bloodied. Johnson, who is black, called the officers racist.
He was charged with public intoxication or swearing and obstruction of justice without force. He claims the arrest was unjustified.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe ordered a state police investigation.