Prosecutor: Detention of Virginia student was justified

Martese JohnsonCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ A prosecutor says he found no evidence that any officers committed a crime in the arrest of a University of Virginia student who was bloodied and pinned to the ground in an incident that drew widespread attention. Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman said at a news conference Wednesday he would not have hesitated to charge any of the three state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents involved in detaining Martese Johnson had he believed the incident was malicious or racially motivated. He said the detention was justified after a bar owner who checked Johnson’s ID turned him away. The arrest prompted a public uproar after photos and video of Johnson circulated widely on social media in March. Johnson, who is black, could be heard on the video recordings calling the officers racist.

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