Charges against UVA student Martese Johnson dropped

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) – All charges have been dropped against University of Virginia student Martese Johnson.

The dismissal was made in court on Friday after the Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney announced the decision not to pursue the charges on Thursday night.

Johnson faced misdemeanors of obstruction of justice and public intoxication.

“I’m ecstatic that these charges are being dropped, but I’m more ecstatic that I’ll be able to move forward and serve my society the way that I see best fit,” Johnson said.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney dismissed the charges after reading the results of a state police investigation of the incident.

“Our two main goals from the very beginning were to limit Martese’s criminal liability and also protect his reputation. Obviously today both these goals were achieved,” added Johnson’s attorney Daniel Watkins.

Johnson garnered national attention after video of his March 18 arrest made by Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control special agents went viral.

The Virginia ABC released a statement Friday morning that said the agency “respects today’s decision of the Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney to not pursue the charges of Public Swearing/Intoxication and Obstruction of Justice without Force against University of Virginia student Martese Johnson, and to not charge the ABC special agents involved in his arrest.”

Click here to read the full statement.

The ABC agents involved in Johnson’s arrest won’t face charges either.

“I think there’s a bigger lesson to be learned that does not require the punishing of those officers. I think part of what happened to me can’t be blamed on the officers, it has to be blamed on society as a whole,” explained Johnson.

This case still isn’t over. The ABC agents involved in Johnson’s arrest remain on restricted administrative duty, pending the findings of a separate state police investigation.

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