Last night, hundreds of students gathered at the University of Virginia to protest the treatment of Martese Johnson, a junior who was brutally beaten by cops on Tuesday evening.
As tensions began to rise, Johnson himself addressed the crowd, urging calm. “We’re all part of one community and we deserve to respect each other, especially at times like this.”
Johnson’s role as a conciliator is not surprising. He serves on the University Of Virginia Honor Committee. The committee is charged with enforcing the university’s honor code and maintaining a “spirit of compassion and interconnectedness” at UVA.