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U-Va. Is Sued By Student In Federal Court Over Bloody Arrest

A University of Virginia senior who was thrown to the ground and bloodied during his arrest outside an Irish bar in March has filed a federal lawsuit against the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Congtrol and the agency’s three police officers who took part in the arrest.

Martese Johnson, 21, alleges in the lawsuit filed in Charlottesville, Va., that the ABC violated his Constitutional rights by unlawfully detaining him when he was arrested in the early morning hours of March 18 after taking part in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the flagship public university.

Johnson, who recently detailed his account of the events in Vanity Fair magazine, was shackled around his ankles and wrists and suffered a bleeding head wound that required 10 stitches.