Law & Crime

Law & Crime
6:08 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Charlottesville Bouncer Says ABC Claimed Fear of Riot

Kevin Badke shows how he extended his arm to return the ID card.
Credit Hawes Spencer

The debate continues this week over the level of force Alcoholic Beverage Control Officers may have used against a UVA student turned away from a Charlottesville bar. The public still has no explanation for why Martese Johnson ended up bleeding from a head wound, lying on a sidewalk, restrained by three officers.

It was just past midnight, and patrons inside Trinity Irish Pub were still celebrating St. Patrick’s Day while outside watching were three Alcoholic Beverage Control agents. They had told owner Kevin Badke they were hoping to prevent trouble.



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Virginia State Police Investigates
7:33 am
Fri March 20, 2015

State Police Launch Probes of UVA Student's Arrest

Martese Johnson came to the Downtown Mall Thursday with his brother, mother, and lawyer
Credit Hawes Spencer

Two separate investigations have now been launched into the arrest and injury of a popular UVA student leader. 

After requests from the governor and Charlottesville's top prosecutor, Virginia State Police have launched both an administrative review and a criminal investigation of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board's March 18 encounter with Martese Johnson, who was cuffed, arrested, and injured on the sidewalk outside a Charlottesville bar. 
 

"We owe it both Mr. Johnson and the Virginia ABC to be painstakingly thorough in determining the facts of the situation."

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Virginia State Police Investigates
10:44 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Student Leader's Bloody Arrest Sparks Outrage at UVA

This photograph went viral the morning after St. Patrick's Day.
Credit Black Dot

A Virginia State Police investigation is underway regarding the March 18th arrest of an honored UVA student in Charlottesville by state ABC officers.  During the incident, the student was injured and a picture of him on the ground and bleeding from the head spread quickly on social media.

Governor Terry McAullife has ordered an administrative review, and at the request of the City of Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney, a criminal investigation is also underway.

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Conforming to Federal Mandates
5:02 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Concerns Over Campus Sexual Assault Legislation

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Legislation that addresses campus sexual assaults is already on Governor McAuliffe's desk—but before he signs off, amends, or vetoes anything, he has the input from members of his Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence to consider.

The legislation requires campus employees to report sexual violence allegations to the Title IX  coordinator, who must report the allegation to a review team that meets within 72 hours.  One subcommittee believes that while the legislation is a good first step, there's more work ahead.

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Sunshine Week
12:04 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Shining a Light on VA's Death Row

This week civic groups and nonprofits are taking a closer look at the importance of open government and freedom of information for Sunshine week.  

Sunshine is absent in the death chambers of Virginia, where the public has no access to basic information about how inmates are killed. Policies and procedures outlining the process are concealed from view. Training manuals are closely guarded. Even specific details about how executions are carried out are kept secret. 

"I'm not clear what there is to hide here."

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