Martese Johnson files $3M civil suit against ABC, agents after U - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Martese Johnson files $3M civil suit against ABC, agents after UVA arrest

Martese Johnson, who was injured during an arrest by ABC agents, is looking to move past the incident, according to his roommate (Source: NBC12) Martese Johnson, who was injured during an arrest by ABC agents, is looking to move past the incident, according to his roommate (Source: NBC12)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) -

The UVA student behind a controversial arrest by ABC agents is now filing a $3 million suit against the agency and those involved in the arrest.

Martese Johnson filed the suit against the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Jared Miller, Thomas Custer, John Cielakie, and Shawn Walker for "unlawful detention, arrest, and excessive use of force."

Click here to view the Complaint [PDF]

Click here for full #MarteseJohnson coverage: http://shout.lt/Y2X0

Johnson was arrested by ABC agents on March 18. Pictures of Johnson bloodied by the encounter brought national attention to the case. Charges were later dropped against Johnson.

He opened up to NBC12 after the charges were dropped.

"I understand that if I was on the southside of Chicago, this is an everyday thing for young men, especially African-American men... I thought coming to Charlottesville, VA and the UVA, this would be my safe haven. When everything happened, it was a quick realization that may not have been true,” Johnson said.

The ABC agents involved in the arrest are not facing criminal charges.

Copyright 2015 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved

Report an Error or Submit a Tip to NBC12

Powered by Frankly