No Charges Against UVa Student Whose Arrest Angered Many

June 12, 2015

Virginia prosecutors have dropped charges against Martese Johnson, a black student at the University of Virginia, The Washington Post reported. When Johnson was arrested in March, photographs showing him bloodied after police officers detained him outraged many who saw the incident as an example of discriminatory policing, and set off a furor on campus and beyond. Johnson was stopped after he tried to enter a bar.

The state's attorney issued this statement about the decision to drop charges: “Upon review of the evidence resulting from a thorough and independent criminal investigation conducted by the Virginia State Police, the commonwealth reached a conclusion that the interest of justice and the long-term interest of the Charlottesville community are best served by using this case as an opportunity to engage ordinary citizens, law enforcement officers and public officials in constructive dialogue concerning police and citizen relationships in a diverse community.”

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