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Bloody arrest of UVA student sparks protests

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 01:13

Hundreds of students gathered at the University of Virginia Wednesday night, to protest the treatment of a black student who was seen bleeding from the head after being arrested. Linda So reports.

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A passionate protest at the University of Virginia. Hundreds of students gathered to rally around one of their own. The bloody arrest of 20-year-old UVA student Martese Johnson is the latest incident of alleged police brutality leading to emotional protests. Now Virginia's governor is calling for an investigation. UVA's president who made the request was at Wednesday night's demonstration. SOUNDBITE: UVA PRESIDENT TERESA SULLIVAN, SAYING: "I felt it in my stomach. Just seeing the blood run down that young man's face I wanted to know what happened." Johnson was arrested early Wednesday morning by state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents after he was reportedly denied entry to a bar. Photographs on social media show Johnson with a bloodied face after his arrest. He's been charged with obstruction of justice, public intoxication, and swearing. SOUNDBITE: MARTESE JOHNSON, UVA HONOR STUDENT, SAYING: "I beg for you guys regardless of your personal opinions and the way you feel about subjects to please respect everyone here, we're all a part of one community, we all deserve to respect each other especially in times like this." The agents involved in the arrest have been placed on administrative duties. Johnson is set to appear in court next Thursday to face those misdemeanor charges.

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Bloody arrest of UVA student sparks protests

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 01:13