(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — A University of Virginia student was arrested and allegedly beaten by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board agents on the school’s campus early Wednesday morning in an incident that Gov. Terry McAuliffe has called for the Virginia State Police to investigate.
Gov. McAuliffe has requested an independent State Police investigation of ABC arrest last night in Cville in which a student was injured.
— Terry McAuliffe (@GovernorVA) March 18, 2015
According to a press release from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the agents arrested a 20-year-old man Wednesday morning after he was refused entry to a licensed establishment. In the course of that arrest, the board says only that the 20-year-old sustained injuries, for which he was treated at an area hospital and released.
The board also says that it will provide “whatever information or assistance is requested by Virginia State Police” in regards to the investigation called for by McAuliffe.
University President Teresa Sullivan said in a statement that “the safety and security of our students will always be my primary concern, and every member of our community should feel safe from the threat of bodily harm and other forms of violence.”
A separate statement from the school’s Vice President for Diversity and Equity Marcus Martin and the Dean of African-American Affairs Maurice Apprey said that the pair was “outraged by the brutality” of the incident. Their statement also states that the 20-year-old is an African-American student, and that “his head was slammed into the hard pavement with excessive force.”
“Violence against an individual, no matter the color of his or her skin, gender, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation, is inexcusable and appalling,” Martin and Apprey’s statement reads.
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