Last night, Tuesday March 17, a third year UVa student was held down and arrested by Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) officers outside of Trinity Irish Pub on The Corner. The student is involved in Kappa Alpha Psi, the Honor Committee, the Black Student Alliance, Student Council, and Orientation Leaders.
According to an email from the Black Dot [WARNING: graphic content], the student was denied entry into the bar and after a confrontation with officers, the student was thrown to the ground, causing a head injury that required a trip to the hospital and ten stitches. The picture provided by the Black Dot appears to show the student’s face covered in blood as the officers hold him down in handcuffs.
The student was charged with “resisting arrest, obstructing justice without threats of force, and profane swearing or intoxication in public,” although according to The Cavalier Daily some eye witnesses dispute that the student had provoked or resisted the arrest.
The incident has sparked student-led debate across social media platforms like YikYak over whether race was a motivating factor in the police’s decision-making or if there was police brutality involved. According to The Daily Progress, University President Teresa Sullivan has asked Governor Terry McAuliffe to “open a state investigation.” Groups like the Black Dot made similar requests.
Additionally, there will be a meeting this evening at 8pm in Clark Hall room 108 where students can discuss the incident.
By Brianna Hamblin, Staff Writer (P)