Liquor agency, agent removed from Virginia student's lawsuit

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Posted: Dec 15, 2016 10:10 AM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A federal judge is removing a state liquor agency and one of its agents from a lawsuit filed by a University of Virginia student after his bloody arrest.

News outlets report Judge Glen Conrad said in a ruling filed Tuesday that the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and ABC agent John Cielakie are to be dismissed from Martese Johnson's lawsuit.

Last year, Johnson sued the Virginia ABC, its director and three agents involved in his highly scrutinized arrest.

ABC agents said Johnson, who is black, was attempting to enter a bar with a fake ID when he was arrested last March.

Video of Johnson being pinned to the sidewalk by ABC agents was widely distributed on social media.

Johnson maintains his ID was valid and he wasn't intoxicated during the bloody altercation.