Case Continued for Virginia Student in Bloody Arrest

Case Continued for Virginia Student in Bloody Arrest

Martese Johnson, an African American student, has accused the school's Alcoholic Beverage Control officers of racism.

Published March 26, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Nearly 100 supporters looked on as a University of Virginia student arrested by state alcohol regulators in a bloody encounter made his first court appearance.

On Thursday, Martese Johnson's case was continued until state police complete an investigation into his arrest March 18 outside a Charlottesville bar.

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Johnson's arrest March 18 has drawn wide attention because images of him with a bloody face spread quickly on social media. He has accused Alcoholic Beverage Control officers of racism. Johnson is African-American.

Supporters in Charlottesville General District Court were dressed in black in a show of unity.

The case was continued until May 28.

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(Photo: AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Andrew Shurtleff)

Written by Heidi Brown, Associated Press

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