*The University of Virginia student who was bloodied in an arrest outside a pub in March has filed a $3 million civil lawsuit against the state liquor agents involved in his takedown.
Martese Johnson filed the complaint Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville. It alleges unlawful detention and excessive use of force by three Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents.
Video and photos of ABC agents pinning Johnson to the sidewalk went viral on social media. Johnson, who is black, could be heard on the video calling the officers racist as he bled profusely from a gash in his head.
No charges were filed against the officers, and charges against Johnson were dropped.
Johnson is suing the ABC, ABC Director Shawn P. Walker, and the three ABC agents involved in his arrest: John S. Cielakie, Jared B. Miller, and Thomas S. Custer.
“This is a significant case. It presents important issues and we look forward to litigating it and seeing how everything turns out,” said Daniel Watkins, Johnson’s attorney.