Back in March, then-20-year-old Martese Johnson made international news when video of his bloody takedown by Alcoholic Beverage Control Department agents hit social media. Now, the University of Virginia honor student is suing the agency and the officers who slammed him to the ground.
According o the Huffington Post, Johnson filed a $3 million civil lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Charlottesville for false arrest, excessive use of force, civil rights violations and a failure to train or supervise the ABC agents adequately.
“Agents of ABC have a history of aggressive, excessive and unjustified behavior in effectuating their duties,” the complaint read.
At the time of the incident, ABC officials detained Johnson because they believed he had a fake ID. After exchanging a few words, he was harshly taken down and charged with obstruction of justice and public intoxication. Johnson needed 10 stitches to close a gash in his head, and video of his arrest went viral.
After the public outcry, the charges against Johnson were dropped, and Virginia prosecutors declined to file charges against the agents involved in his arrest.