As if being beaten and bloodied wasn’t enough, a Twitter photo emerged Wednesday that showed University of Virginia student Martese Johnson with his feet in chains. Twitter user Deray Mckesson appears to be the first person to post the image.
“And they chained Martese Johnson's feet the night of the arrest. America,” Mckesson, who has nearly 75,000 Twitter followers, wrote. The post quickly received more than 1,500 shared and hundreds of favorites.
And they chained Martese Johnson's feet the night of the arrest. America. pic.twitter.com/Ww7PFCqlfI
— deray mckesson (@deray) March 25, 2015
Johnson, a 20-year-old black student, reportedly will plead not guilty to obstruction of justice without force and public intoxication in Charlottesville, WLS, Chicago wrote. The student is due in court Thursday, his attorney Daniel Watkins said.
Johnson needed 10 stitches in his head after his arrest outside the Trinity Irish Pub, which caused an uproar on social media after pictures of his altercation with Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control officers went viral. Now, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has ordered Virginia's ABC agents to be retrained, according to a press release. The new training will concentrate on cultural diversity, use of force, young adults and community policing and effective interaction with youth. The training must be completed by Sept. 1.
Johnson was not specifically named in the executive order, but instead referred to as a student who was injured during an arrest.
“Keeping Virginia families and communities safe is the highest responsibility of the governor and state government,” the press release said. “In performing that duty, we also have a responsibility to ensure that agencies charged with public safety have the training, resources and oversight they need to do their jobs professionally and in a way that promotes and protects the public trust.”
UVA students have protested in support of Johnson, who has not issued an official statement since his arrest.
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