The Latest: Report released on bloody U.Va. arrest

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Posted: Sep 22, 2015 6:26 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The latest developments in the investigation into Virginia's liquor agency's arrest of Martese Johnson. All times local:

6:15 p.m.:

The administration of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has released a detailed internal investigative report into the bloody arrest of a University of Virginia student by three state liquor agents that prompted allegations of racism.

McAuliffe's administration said Tuesday that it was able to release the report because the three officers involved had waived protection of their personnel information.

Republican lawmakers had previously criticized the McAuliffe administration for not releasing the report by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Department, which cleared its officers of any wrongdoing.

University of Virginia student Martese Johnson's arrest in March caused a furor after photos and video of the 20-year-old, pinned to the sidewalk by an officer and bleeding from the head, were circulated widely on social media.

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4:59 p.m.

A panel formed after the violent arrest of a student by Virginia's liquor agency has declined to recommend stripping the agency of its arrest powers.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed the panel after a March arrest by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agents left a college student bloodied. Video and photos of University of Virginia student Martese Johnson were widely distributed on social media. Johnson, who is black, could be heard on the video calling the officers racist. Charges against him were dropped.

One of the issues considered by McAuliffe's panel was whether ABC's law enforcement powers should be shifted to state or local police. In its report issued Tuesday, the panel said "the public safety of Virginia is best served by Virginia ABC."

However, the panel recommended that the agency emphasize regulatory activities over law enforcement.