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Prosecutors will drop charges against the University of Virginia student who was arrested and bloodied by ABC agents in March, NBC12 reports.
The Charlottesville Commonwealth Attorney will ask a judge to dismiss the charges against Martese Johnson, the third-year honor student who was arrested outside a popular bar while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The arrest stemmed from a discrepancy with Johnson’s valid state identification card.
According to NBC12:
Court documents obtained by NBC12 showed a review of the facts in the March 18 arrest of Martese Johnson found “the interest of justice is not served by further prosecution of the defendant.” Prosecutors will ask for an order of Nolle Prosequi, which means they will not go forward with charges at this time.
“In the Commonwealth’s view, the interest of justice and the long term interest of the community are best served by taking these events as an opportunity to educate the public and foster constructive dialogue between ordinary citizens, law enforcement officers, and public officials concerning police and citizen relationships in a diverse community,” the request from Commonwealth Attorney Dave Chapman reads.
“In reaching this decision the Commonwealth also found that the evidence did not warrant criminal charges against law enforcement officers who were involved in the events of March 18th,” said Chapman in a press release. A presentation of evidence will be made at 1 p.m. on June 17 in City Council Chambers, city officials said. Additionally sessions will follow to “ensure that the events underlying this case result in a constructive community dialogue on this vitally important topic.”
The news comes after the 20-year-old’s case was continued in March while police investigated the incident, the site writes. Photos of Johnson’s arrest went viral after students posted his bloody visage to the internet.