Martese Johnson heads to court this week after his arrest in Charlottesville, VA. According to Johnson’s lawyer, his client did not have a fake ID, and witnesses at the bar say that Johnson was not belligerent when he wasn’t allowed admission. Earlier today, a photo surfaced which clearly shows a beaten Johnson, as well as the chains officers used on his ankles.
One person speaking up for Johnson is Trinity Bar’s owner, Kevin Badke. Badke said Johnson “seemed sober,” and denied claims that bouncers were rude to Johnson because of his race.
Badke spoke about the night in question to the Cavalier and said Johnson only seemed disappointed that he didn’t get in.
“He was in line, tried to give me his ID,” Badke said. “I looked at it, and the only thing I looked at was the zipcode — because through ABC training that we’ve had as a liquor licensed business, one of the things you want to ask is certain questions about the ID…Before you even look at the photo or the birthdate, one of the things I ask…is their zipcode. And he gave me the wrong zip code.”
Badke even said because he’s also from Chicago, him and Johnson discussed the area and ended the conversation cordially.
“He grabbed his ID and walked away — it was business as usual,” Badke said. “I went back to carding other patrons that were coming in, and then I heard a commotion. I turned around, and he was on the ground.”
Johnson’s court date is tomorrow and will plead not-guilt to charges of public intoxication and obstruction of justice.