U.Va. students grill law enforcement officials about arrest

Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – University of Virginia students grilled law enforcement officials about an arrest that left a student injured, and some were not satisfied with the answers.

Representatives of a black student organization repeatedly chanted in unison, “Answer the question we asked,” in response to officials’ remarks. Dozens of black students marched out of a university auditorium in the middle of the event with fists raised, chanting “black lives matter.”

Friday’s forum was arranged by the U.Va. Student Council in the aftermath of student Martese Johnson’s arrest by state liquor agents outside a Charlottesville bar. Johnson, who is black, needed 10 stitches to close a gash on his head after Wednesday’s scuffle with officers.

Law enforcement officials said at the forum that they take the matter seriously.


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