Outrage is spreading across the UVA campus, over the bloody arrest of honor student Martese Johnson. The 20-year-old can be seen in a cell phone video gone viral, being held on the ground by ABC agents. The altercation is now at the center of a police brutality investigation, called for by the governor.More >>
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -
Virginia State Police are not only looking into whether the arresting Virginia ABC agents were complying with agency policy, but also if any of those actions taken were criminal.
The On Your Side Investigators wanted to know if this is something Virginia State Police does on a regular basis. How often does a sitting governor or a local commonwealth's attorney step in to ask someone other than the agency involved to look into what happened?
It turns out that VSP has only conducted two administrative reviews of a state agency like this in the past seven years.
"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,” said Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty.
This is also not the first time ABC has been on the hot seat dealing with UVA students. In 2013, there was the incident where a young woman was arrested when agents mistook her sparkling water for alcohol. Now, the arrest of Martese Johnson has caused an uproar.
NBC12's request to ABC for statistics on how many complaints have been filed against the agency in the last five years, as well as how many incidents the agency has investigated internally, has not been answered yet.