Back in March, Martese Johnson, like so many of us have in the past, allegedly tried to get into a pub on St. Paddy’s Day with a fake ID. Shortly after being turned away, like so many of us have been in the past, he was confronted by three uniformed ABC agents.
What happened next is a bit of a mystery, but it looks like they tried to make an arrest. Some kind of confrontation occurred and they beat the fuck out of the kid and literally shackled his ankles. Reports said he required ten stitches.
— UVa Huge Fans (@UvaHugeFans) October 14, 2015
And they chained Martese Johnson's feet the night of the arrest. America. pic.twitter.com/Ww7PFCqlfI
— deray mckesson (@deray) March 25, 2015
As if we need any more reasons to hate state alcoholic beverage commissions, it turns out the ID wasn’t fake. A breathalyzer test showed Johnson wasn’t intoxicated, either. From there, the entire shitshow went viral. The video led to protests, and eventually all criminal charges against Johnson were dropped in June.
The ID wasn’t fake, and he was sober? Christ. He would already have me beat in two categories. I fucking feel for this kid.
Trinity Irish Pub, the pub that Johnson was trying to get into, released a statement saying that Johnson “did not appear intoxicated in the least” and said that he simply walked off after being turned away.
After the charges were dropped, the agents in question received no punishment for their part in the fiasco. They have been returned to active duty. An internal ABC review determined that the agents “had not violated any agency policy.”
Luckily, like any dedicated drinker with a pair of nuts and a knowledge of the law would do, he filed a $3 million lawsuit against the state Department of Alcoholic Beverages, citing “use of unreasonably excessive force.”
The ABC has not commented yet. Hopefully, this kid comes out on top with some extra drink money in his pocket..
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