Virginia student whose arrest sparked outrage due in court

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A University of Virginia student whose bloody arrest sparked a public uproar and a state police investigation is due in court to have the charges dropped.

Martese Johnson is scheduled to appear Friday in Charlottesville General District Court, where a prosecutor said he will ask the judge to dismiss two misdemeanor counts.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - MARCH 26: University of Virginia student Martese Johnson (C) and his lawyer, Daniel Watkins (R) walk to the Charlottesville District Court before Johnson's hearing on March 26, 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Johnson was arrested by Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control agents on March 18. Video in which Johnson appears bloodied, went viral after his arrest. His case was continued until 2015. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - MARCH 20: A man walks the campus of the University of Virginia Friday evening following the Tuesday night arrest by ABC police of student Martese Johnson, 20, outside a bar in Charlottesville, Virginia Friday March 20, 2015. (Photo by J. Lawler Duggan/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A photo of Martese Johnson from his Facebook profile. 
A photo of Martese Johnson from his Facebook profile. 
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - MARCH 26: An exterior view of the University of Virginia's Garrett Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia on Thursday, March 26, 2015. University of Virginia student Martese Johnson appeared for a hearing after his arrest by Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control agents on March 18. Video in which Johnson appears bloodied, went viral after his arrest. His case was continued until 2015. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

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Video shared by the student newspaper "The Cavalier Daily" shows parts of Martese Johnson's arrest. Video credit: Bryan Beaubrun

A photo of Martese Johnson from his Facebook profile posted in 2014. 
A photo of Martese Johnson from his Facebook profile. 
UVA students demand justice for #MarteseJohnson; Johnson speaks out at rally #fox5dc http://t.co/pFa7A9YPkZ http://t.co/q7IlMkTvSj
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - MARCH 26: An exterior view of the University of Virginia's Madison Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia on Thursday, March 26, 2015. University of Virginia student Martese Johnson appeared for a hearing after his arrest by Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control agents on March 18. Video in which Johnson appears bloodied, went viral after his arrest. His case was continued until 2015. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - MARCH 26: University of Virginia student Martese Johnson (C) and his lawyer, Daniel Watkins (R) speak to the media after Johnson's hearing at the Charlottesville District Court on March 26, 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Johnson was arrested by Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control agents on March 18. Video in which Johnson appears bloodied, went viral after his arrest. His case was continued until 2015. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
I stand with Martese Johnson. There is no excuse for this. @VirginiaABC you should be ashamed. http://t.co/4j3bnfDlBI
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Alcoholic Beverage Control Department agents arrested the 20-year-old Chicago native outside a bar on March 18. The arrest received widespread attention with photos and videos on social media showing Johnson pinned to the ground, his face bloodied. Johnson, who is black, called the officers racist.

He was charged with public intoxication or swearing and obstruction of justice without force. He claims the arrest was unjustified.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe ordered a state police investigation.


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And it's official. Criminal charges in the process of being dropped. #blessed
Well since the rumor is out... Appreciate everyone's support throughout what has been a crazy time for me. Hoping tomorrow goes smoothly.
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