UVA Student Martese Johnson’s Bloody Arrest Sparks Probe

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(NBC News) State police have launched an investigation after footage showing the violent arrest of a University of Virginia student sparked protests and prompted concern among top officials.

Images of bloodied Martese Johnson being held down by an officer were shared widely online on Wednesday, along with footage of the black 20-year-old calling the cops handcuffing him “racists.”

Johnson, a junior at the university, was arrested at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday near The Corner, a popular off-campus hub, his lawyer and police said. He was charged with public intoxication and obstruction of justice.

The hashtag #JusticeForMartese was posted some 70,000 times on Twitter and hundreds of students gathered on UVA’s campus Wednesday night to demand justice for Johnson. They later marched through Charlottesville, some bearing signs with “Black Lives Matter” and made their way to police headquarters, according to NBC affiliate WVIR.

“We deserve to respect each other, especially in times like this,” Johnson, who attended the event, told the crowd.

Virginia State Police confirmed that an “administrative review” was launched following a request from Gov. Terry McAuliffe over the incident.

Officers from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control who carried out the arrest will be restricted to administrative roles while the review is underway, the department said.

UVA President Teresa Sullivan has expressed her “deep concern” over the incident but said that officials had “not yet clarified all of the details.”

“I thought about how this poor man’s mother would feel when she saw that photo, because I know how it made me feel,” Sullivan told NBC Washington.

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