Lawyer for University of Virginia Student, Martese Johnson, says Officers ‘Lacked Legal Justification’ to Arrest Him

University of Virginia student Martese Johnson (2nd L) and his lawyer, Daniel Watkins (R) walk to the Charlottesville District Court before Johnson's hearing on March 26, 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Johnson was arrested by Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control agents on March 18. Video in which Johnson appears bloodied, went viral after his arrest. His case was continued until 2015. PHOTO BY ZACH GIBSON/GETTY IMAGES
University of Virginia student Martese Johnson (2nd L) and his lawyer, Daniel Watkins (R) walk to the Charlottesville District Court before Johnson’s hearing on March 26, 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Johnson was arrested by Virginia’s Alcoholic Beverage Control agents on March 18. Video in which Johnson appears bloodied, went viral after his arrest. His case was continued until 2015.
PHOTO BY ZACH GIBSON/GETTY IMAGES

Martese Johnson was charged for public intoxication even though the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agents who detained the 20-year-old in a brutal and bloody arrest in March, didn’t think the teen was drunk, the Richmond Free Press reports.

The officers in their statements noted that they believed that Johnson might have been using a false ID, and currently the Charlottesville commonwealth’s attorney Dave Chapman is studying the report and has not made it public, according to the Free Press.

Johnson’s attorney, Daniel Watkins, has yet to see the State Police report, but hopes to do so before Johnson makes his court appearance later this month.

“We have already reviewed the reports from the arresting ABC agents and the local police on the scene, and our position remains that the [agents] lacked legal justification to arrest or brutalize young Martese,” a statement from Watkins’ law firm read, according to the news site.

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