(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- University of Virginia student Martese Johnson entered no plea Thursday to charges stemming from his bloody arrest last week.
Johnson was expected to enter a not guilty plea, but the prosecution asked for a continuance so the investigation could continue.
Martese and lawyer Daniel Watkins agreed to this and his next appearance will be May 28. Attorneys hope that the Virginia State Police investigation will be done by then.
Nearly 100 supporters showed up to the Charlottesville District Court, all dressed in black in a show of unity. The court appearance lasted all of 90 seconds.
Johnson, 20, was bloodied during an arrest near the campus last week, sparking protests on the campus over alleged police brutality as well as a state investigation of the incident. He was arrested outside a Charlottesville bar by state Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents who are charged with enforcing alcohol laws in Virginia.
This week, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order requiring increased training and oversight for ABC agents. A statement from Johnson's lawyer said that that action serves to "illustrate that we all share a common belief: it is important for all law enforcement aegncies to act within the bounds of the law."
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