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.
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."
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.
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.
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.