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ABC Agents Attack Woman For Buying Water, Charge Her For Their Mistake

July 2, 2013 by  

ABC Agents Attack Woman For Buying Water, Charge Her For Their Mistake
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Imagine for a moment that you’re leaving a local convenience store with an armful of midnight snacks when, just as you get into your vehicle, seven people approach you, drawing guns and jumping on the automobile. What would you do?

Well, it happened to 20-year-old University of Virginia student Elizabeth Day. And she did what any reasonable law-abiding citizen would: She attempted to get the hell out of Dodge.

Unfortunately for Day, the goons who attacked her and her two roommates at the Barracks Road Shopping Center in Charlottesville, Va., were agents of the State’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board. The agents saw Day leaving the store with a case of La Croix sparkling water and promptly assumed that the just-underage student was making off with a case of beer.

Naturally, the agents did what any well-trained and self-composed group of law enforcement professionals would: They moved in on the young women in the same way they might go after a crack-addled lunatic wielding a Molotov cocktail.

Of course, Day, who had just spent the night at a sexual assault-awareness seminar on campus didn’t realize she was being assaulted by officers of the law, she just saw a group of men and one woman in street clothes attempting to grab her. So she tried to flee, clipping a couple of the creeps with her car in the process.

From The Daily Progress:

A group of state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents clad in plainclothes approached her, suspecting the blue carton of LaCroix sparkling water to be a 12-pack of beer. Police say one of the agents jumped on the hood of her car. She says one drew a gun. Unsure of who they were, Daly tried to flee the darkened parking lot.

“They were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us, but we became frightened, as they were not in anything close to a uniform,” she recalled Thursday in a written account of the April 11 incident.

“I couldn’t put my windows down unless I started my car, and when I started my car they began yelling to not move the car, not to start the car. They began trying to break the windows. My roommates and I were … terrified,” Daly stated.

Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman read Daly’s account and said it was factually consistent.

Prosecutors say she apologized profusely when she realized who the agents were. But that wasn’t good enough for ABC agents, who charged her with three felonies. Prosecutors withdrew those charges Thursday in Charlottesville General District Court, but Daly still can’t understand why she sat in jail.

The ABC agents, who royally screwed up, charged Day with two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer and one count of eluding police, all Class 6 felonies carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $2,500 in fines per offense. Prosecutors later dropped the charges.

But the incident brings up a sobering point. It doesn’t matter if the police are right or wrong, misinformed, incompetent or blinded by adrenaline; they can shoot you, jail you, spray you, zap you or beat you.

Who’s watching the watchers?

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • David Williams

    Obviously, thse goons (ABC agents ) are a product of todays educational system, which means thbat they are devoid of any common sense.

    • Nomad

      110% correct.

  • Brian

    We are many and they are few, so in order for ‘them’ to maintain order & control, this is the new ‘norm’. It is common knowledge that they recruit low-IQ, bullies or those that have been bullied, and assemble them in squads (for back-up & protection in today’s crazed America) not unlike military sweep teams or even ghetto gangs. What’s frightening is their apparent impunity….like it or not, get ready for the FEMA corps, it is not going to get better.

  • Linda Daigle

    That was totally uncalled for & those law enforcement ABC Officers should have to be accountable for their gross misconduct in this situation.
    They should have uniforms of some sort when doing their jobs. There should be one undercover that would notify the others, not have seven swarm vehicles unless absolutely necessary.
    Shame on them for a raid gone bad. Some one may have gotten killed by that mishandled job. 👮👮👮🔫🚔🚗😠😠😡😡😱😱😱

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  • Rich

    We need citizens review boards that are not
    Tied to the Feds. How do we. Set this up without being targeted by the feds. Also
    How to stop the Feds blackmailing judges
    (& Generals) with their NSA snooping

  • Nomad

    You can buy a shinny badge from any pawn shop or on line. She did the right thing if it was dark out, they had no visible jackets (wind breakers), and they pounded on her car. Perhaps she could have honked the horn to attract the store owner and called 911, but everybody responds in their own way. But as shown many time, seconds count for the victims of crimes from which she learned in the class she just completed. ABC should be getting a bill for repairs as well to fix her car.

  • Todd Richardson

    Those Gestapo Thugs are very lucky she wasn’t a CPL babe…anyone attacks my car at night with the latest trend of Black Mob Violence and I’m shooting first and asking questions later!

  • Larry

    There were multiple agents, why couldn’t one go into the store and question the sales person? Another agent get the license number of the vehicle and prepare to follow or radio ahead to have the car stopped. Sometimes LEO’s go gangbusters due to bad leadership. I’d like to know if the store had outside security cameras and what the video would show.

    • Marshall Vizinat

      Because in general police know that the chances of them being held accountable for any given mistake is unlikely so they just roll with the punches and let the chips fall where they may.

  • Marshall Vizinat

    Just this past week on Wednesday around noon I was arrested by 7 local Ville Platte City police and interrogated at the police department because the previous Saturday I spent approximately 2 hours viewing firearms at Industrial Supply in Ville Platte, La of which the facility was burglarized at some late evening our the following Monday. I am a customer of this business who buys ammunition and firearms there but now am too embarrassed to return. I wonder if I was the only person that went in and viewed there stock says before they were burglarized. Since September this was the 5th time the local police came straight to me following a crime that took place either in Evangeline Parish or Ville Platte City. Each time I’ve been cleared beyond the shadow of a doubt. Reason given i appear as a person of interest. Maybe my jeans should be newer and maybe T-shirts are a common dress code of common criminals. Or maybe too many police officers are more interested in making problems for citizens than helping citizens fix there problems. Either way its becoming very clear that in these parts for sure a person is always being found guilty and having to prove themselves innocent when it should be the other way around. Its starting to become quite the amusing ordeal.

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