Charlottesville - The attorney for a University of Virginia student says his client will plead not guilty this week to charges stemming from a highly publicised arrest that led to allegations of excessive police force and racism.
Twenty-year-old Martese Johnson, who is black, needed 10 stiches to close a gash on his head after last Wednesday's scuffle with Alcoholic Beverage Control officers in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photos and a video of the arrest circulated widely on social media, showing Johnson with his face bloody as he was pinned to the ground by an officer. State officials promised to investigate.
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Johnson was charged with obstruction of justice without force and public intoxication or swearing after his arrest.
His attorney, Daniel Watkins, issued a statement on Monday saying the Chicago resident will enter his not-guilty plea at a scheduled court appearance on Thursday.