Drinking While BLACK
How The Luck of the Irish Overlooked Martese Johnson
Bars during St. Patrick’s Day week are just as common as smoking marijuana on 4/20, or as accepted as parading around half naked during Labor Day week (Carnival) – It’s what people normally do, every single year… except if you’re black apparently. That’s exactly what seems to be the case for UVa student, Martese Johnson, just shy of his 21st birthday in June, who was trying to bar hop with his friends on March 18th, 2015.
The bouncers denied him access to the bar, which is their duty, but that should have been the end of that but things escalated pretty quickly when the “Alcohol Police” intervened and used immediate brute force on Martese. They allege that he was being belligerent and verbally assaulting the “Drinking police” but what would you do if you had a knee to your back? They should have ticketed him for trying to get into a bar, and sent him on his way.
Watch the video for yourself.
Read UVa Students’ thoughts on the matter and full details from school paper The Cavalier Daily:
Third-year College student Bryan Beaubrun, who said he witnessed the incident, said an ABC agent approached Johnson shortly after the bouncer at Trinity asked him to step aside after refusing to accept his ID.
“Martese was talking to the bouncer and there was some discrepancy about his ID,” Beaubrun said. “[An] ABC officer approaches Martese and grabs him by the elbow…and pulls him to the side.”
The arrest took place shortly thereafter, as Johnson was talking with a small group of ABC agents and Charlottesville police officers.
“It happened so quickly,” Beaubrun said. “Out of nowhere I saw the two officers wrestling Martese to the ground. I was shocked that it escalated that quickly. Eventually [he was] on the ground, they’re trying to put handcuffs on him and their knees were on his back.”
Although there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for his face to be as busted and bloody as it is, it feel nice not to have to report this as an RIP story. We glad that he’s alive to tell the tell unlike many other black boys in his position.
This story is developing…
Where’s Creflo and his plane when you need to get to Charlottesville fast?