The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia drew more national attention Wednesday after photos and video circulated showing Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents using excessive force in the arrest of third year student, Martese Johnson.
The arrest quickly connected the university to a national dialogue about racially motivated police brutality and sparked demonstrations highlighting strained race relations within the university and surrounding community. Governor Terry McAuliffe's office announced Wednesday that the Virginia State Police initiated an investigation into the use of force.
Students began voicing their opinions anonymously on the popular social media app, Yik Yak, a digital forum where unpopular and controversial opinions can be widely shared without consequence.
Last semester, the digital forum gained notoriety around grounds for featuring violent and misogynist posts after the Greek system was temporarily suspended following allegations of gang rape against Phi Kappa Psi in a controversial Rolling Stone article.
The university quickly prepared to once again be thrust into the media spotlight as students downloaded Yik Yak to observe their peers respond to another scandal.