CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A settlement has been reached between a former University of Virginia student and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).

Martese Johnson had been seeking $3 million in damages in connection to his bloody arrest outside Trinity Irish Pub on March 18, 2015.

An ABC official tells NBC29 the lawsuit was settled for a total of $249,950. The agreement includes no admission of liability or wrongdoing by either party.

The lawsuit originally named the ABC, ABC Director Shawn P. Walker, and the three agents involved in the arrest: John S. Cielakie, Jared B. Miller, and Thomas S. Custer. It claimed Johnson's civil rights were abused, that the ABC agents used excessive force, and the department failed to properly train those agents.

The defense had argued Johnson's lawsuit lacked merit because his arrest was justified. ABC agents thought at the time that Johnson, who was under the age of 21, was trying to enter a bar with a fake ID. Johnson was using his legal driver’s license, but told a door bouncer an address that was not on the ID.

A judge later dismissed the ABC and Cielakie as defendants in the lawsuit, but had allowed the case to advance. Also dismissed was a count of false arrest, negligence, and failure to train.

In May, a judge in federal court ordered both sides to attend a settlement conference on July 10.

A joint statement released Wednesday, June 20, reads in part, "the interests of justice and the long term interests of the community are best served, not through continued and protracted litigation, but by taking the events as an opportunity to educated the public and foster constructive dialogue."


06/20/2018 Statement Provided by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control:

The terms of the agreement require that neither party discuss the case beyond the scope of the joint statement below:

The Parties and ABC have reached a mutually agreeable compromise and resolution of the lawsuit.

In the Parties' and ABC's view, the interests of justice and the long term interests of the community are best served, not through continued and protracted litigation, but by taking the events as an opportunity to educate the public and foster constructive dialogue between ordinary citizens, law enforcement officers, and public officials concerning police and citizen relationships in a diverse community.

The Parties also desire to avoid the significant expenses, risks, and uncertainties associated with continued and protracted litigation. This agreement includes no admission of liability or wrongdoing by either party.