The Possible Racial Angle Is Disturbing, But…

Also very disturbing are (armed?) and uniformed Alcohol Control Agents

(CNN)”Hey! His head is bleeding! Yo, his head is bleeding!” a bystander screams.

Martese Johnson is lying face-down on the pavement, blood flowing from his forehead. He was injured when Virginia alcohol control agents took him to the ground, trying to arrest him for public intoxication and obstruction of justice.

As he’s pinned, video captures him yelling: “I go to UVA! … You f****** racists! What the f***? How did this happen?”

An agent can be heard telling the student to stop fighting.

The video does not show the moments leading up to the arrest. But many say it’s the latest example of excessive force by officers against a black man.

Denied entry at a bar
The incident started when Johnson, 20, was turned away from a bar during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control agents approached him and decided to “further detain the individual based on their observations and further questioning,” the agency said.

The proper response to a possibly tipsy 20 year old kid trying to get in a bar on St. Pats is to laugh and say “nice try”, not tackle him and handcuff him.

This is what fascism looks like, boys and girls: Official Alcohol Agents beating the shit out of people trying to get a drink.

6 Responses to “The Possible Racial Angle Is Disturbing, But…”

  1. aelfheld says:

    These are the same officious arseholes dedicated public servants who arrested a girl on felony charges for possessing a crate of bottled water.

  2. JeffS says:

    “Alcohol Agents” = “Thought Police”.

    George Orwell was a prophet.

  3. JeffS says:

    Or maybe “Anti-Sex League”, hey?

  4. Syd B. says:

    Of course, there could have been activity prior to the arrest that could have taken place to warrant a more aggressive and physical take down. Twenty year old drunks do some stupid things sometimes.

  5. nightfly says:

    Syd, that was my thought initially. I also thought, of course, that the officers involved were actually police officers, not ‘alcohol control agents.’ It’s like someone from the Lottery Commission trying to arrest someone.

  6. JeffS says:

    Exactly, ‘fly.

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