Black Lives Matter. #JusticeforMartese
University of Virginia alums have started a campaign to raise funds for a young black student who was severely beaten by police. 20-year-old Martese Johnson’s story made national headlines after images of the Chicago native being held down by a police officer surfaced online. The attack resulted in Johnson being transported to the emergency room where he received 10 stitches. The campaign is seeking to raise funds for Johnson’s incurring medical and legal expenses. Johnson was charged with two counts: obstruction of justice without force and public swearing and intoxication, according Charlottesville General District Court records.
“As alumni of the University of Virginia, we are rallying support to help one of our own, 3rd year University of Virginia student Martese Johnson,” the campaign’s page reads. “Martese is a very active and well-respected member of the UVA community and has worked tirelessly in his short tenure to improve the University of Virginia for all students. […] He is the Vice Chair for Community Relations on the Honor Committee, Vice President of the Eta Sigma Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Chair of the Leadership Development Committee for the Black Student Alliance (BSA) at UVA.”
If you don’t have the funds to donate, organizers of the campaign have presented another option for you to get involved. “Simply reposting those links [about the case] does A LOT because it helps raise awareness re: the case and the incident that occurred last Wed.”
#Blacklivesmatter #JusticeforMartese. Click here to donate.