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Kappa Alpha Psi’s Martese Johnson Files $3M Suit After Bloody Arrest

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Kappa Alpha Psi’s Martese Johnson may be getting the justice he deserves.

“Lawyers for the University of Virginia student bloodied by alcohol-control agents outside a bar in March filed a $3 million federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday against the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, its director and the agents involved in the incident,” USA Today states.

Martese Johnson who is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi was a 20-year-old honors student and officer with the university’s Black Student Alliance at the time of the arrest. He was turned away from Trinity Irish Pub in Charlottesville during their St. Patrick’s Day festivities because he was underage and was confronted by three uniformed ABC special agents.

In a video that was taken of the incident which later went viral Johnson is seen on the sidewalk with a bloody face screaming that he is a U.Va. student.


The lawsuit that has been filed accuses the ABC, director Shawn Walker and the officers of “unreasonably using excessive force.” It states,”ABC agents have a history of aggressive, excessive, and unjustified behavior” due to a “systemic failure to train and supervise agents by Defendants ABC and Director Walker.”

A Breathalyzer test that was done on Johnson, who required 10 stitches, showed that was not intoxicated when he was arrested for obstruction of justice without force and public intoxication or swearing. These charges were dropped in June.

In August, Johnson addressed the members of Kappa Alpha Psi with fraternity brother Marc Lamont Hill at the fraternity’s conclave in New Orleans.

Click on the arrow below to see the graphic video taken of his brutal arrest that went viral earlier this year.

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