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(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Students protested in the University of Virginia library Thursday afternoon to demonstrate the arrest of a student who was left bloodied after allegedly using a fake ID.

Chants of “black lives matter” and “no justice, no peace” were heard inside the library after protesters moved their outdoor march inside around 12:30 p.m.


Inside @UVA library. Holding sign that says No Justice No Peace chanting ‘black lives matter.’ #MarteseJohnson pic.twitter.com/qj9r8fznkS

— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) March 19, 2015

Other students started protesting in the school’s dining hall around the same time.

The outcry comes after 20-year-old Martese Johnson was arrested outside a popular bar in Charlottesville near the campus by state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents who are charged with enforcing alcohol laws in Virginia.

Cellphone video shows Johnson lying face down on the sidewalk with two agents detaining him as bystanders yell, “His head is bleeding!”

From another angle, Johnson, who is black, is shown with his face bloodied, shouting, “I go to UVA!” and then “You f****** racists!”

He was charged with public intoxication and obstruction of justice, Alcoholic Beverage Control officials said.

The governor has asked the state police to begin an independent investigation into the incident.

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