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Virginia State Police begins investigation into ABC arrest of UVA student

UVA student Martese Johnson spoke to a crowd at a rally following his arrest by ABC agents (Source: NBC12) UVA student Martese Johnson spoke to a crowd at a rally following his arrest by ABC agents (Source: NBC12)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia State Police announced Thursday the beginning of an administrative and criminal investigation into the arrest of University of Virginia student Martese Johnson.

Governor Terry McAuliffe requested the investigation Wednesday as graphic photos and videos of the arrest went viral online. 

WATCH: YouTube video of ABC arrest from the Cavalier Daily (explicit language): https://youtu.be/0faIzE0TSJA

The administrative review will determine if the Virginia ABC agents were acting within the agency's policy during the arrest, while the criminal investigation will determine if the agents broke any laws. 

“Both elements of this investigation will take time to conduct and complete,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We owe it to both Mr. Johnson and the Virginia ABC to be painstakingly thorough in determining the facts of the situation through interviews, evidence collection and analysis, and investigative procedure. We appreciate the public's patience as we move through the investigative process in the coming weeks.”

Police are asking anyone who was near the Trinity Irish Pub on the Corner around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday to contact the Virginia State Police by email at vfc@vsp.virginia.gov or toll-free in Virginia at 1-877-482-8477.

The investigation comes as students took to the streets for the second straight day. Organizers rallied around noon outside an African-American Studies class on the campus, then took to the Grounds with signs and chants.

Johnson, who is under the legal drinking age, was turned away from the Trinity Irish Pub, the Cavalier Daily reports. Around 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning he was arrested by Virginia ABC special agents who were monitoring bars for St. Patrick's Day. They arrested Johnson on charges of obstructing justice and public intoxication according to the ABC.

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