CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Nearly 100 supporters looked on as a University of Virginia student arrested by state alcohol regulators in a bloody encounter made his first court appearance.
On Thursday, Martese Johnson’s case was continued until state police complete an investigation into his arrest March 18 outside a Charlottesville bar.
The 20-year-old Chicago man is charged with public intoxication and obstruction of justice.
Johnson’s arrest March 18 has drawn wide attention because images of him with a bloody face spread quickly on social media. He has accused Alcoholic Beverage Control officers of racism. Johnson is African-American.
Supporters in Charlottesville General District Court were dressed in black in a show of unity.
The case was continued until May 28.
HEIDI BROWN, Associated Press