Former Kenwood Academy student injured by Virginia police

A 2012 graduate of Kenwood Academy High School was injured Wednesday night during an arrest by police in Charlottesville, Va.

The incident occurred around 12:45 a.m., after Johnson, a 20-year-old University of Virginia student, was denied entry to a bar. Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents detained Johnson for questioning.

“In the course of an arrest being made, the arrested individual sustained injuries,” the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said in a prepared statement. “The individual received treatment for his injuries at a local hospital and was released.”

Johnson has been charged on two counts, including a Class 1 misdemeanor of obstruction of justice and a Class 4 misdemeanor of public intoxication. His arrest warrant noted he “was very agitated and belligerent” but noted he has no past criminal record.


A photograph of Johnson pinned down to the ground by a police officer with a bloody face has been circulating across the internet.

Hundreds of University of Virginia students, community members and faculty attended a Wednesday night rally supporting Johnson, student newspaper The Cavalier Daily reported.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is calling for Virginia State Police to investigate the circumstances of the arrest and use of force.

A court date for Johnson has been set for March 26.

In reaction to the news, local TV crews have descended on Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., last Thursday morning.

Photo: Vans from local TV outlets outside of Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., Thursday morning. Photo by Owen M. Lawson III