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


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?

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  • dan

    if cops keep insisting on filing trumped up assault charges….I’m TEMPTED
    to show them what assault is. I’m too pretty for prison, but I’m sure not going without good reason.

    • rivahmitch

      Problem is that the government at all levels is insufficiently afraid of the people. As Jefferson said “When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When government fears the people there is liberty.” The problem is now progressed to the point where it will require the shedding of blood on both sides to set it right. Semper Fi!

      • garygerke

        Wait for it!

    • Vis Fac

      This is the MO of cops their “get out of trouble free card” so to speak They file a bunch of trumped up charges (for we all know that cops NEVER lie) and make their collar (in reality a victim who was mistakenly identified or didn’t use the crosswalk) to look like a mass murdered and pedophile wrapped in one. The more charges the the better they look even if those charges are trumped up they never appear in court because the DA and defense attorney (defense?) intimidates the defendant to cop to a lesser charge which works in about 99% of the cases. Even though the defendant is totally innocent he or she cops a plea because they cannot afford the $400+ hour fees. Talk about a crime Robbery and malpractice should be prosecuted as well.

      • JRR

        And I hate to have to report this, but in our area one of the fire departments has been involved in a traffic scam to further financially rape the citizens.

        My husband was stopped on his way home from work, told that he had been involved in an accident (on a road that he hadn’t been on), and had left the scene of the accident. They would not allow my husband to get out of his car and inspect the car that he had allegedly hit, which we later found out was occupied by several local firefighters.

        Fortunately, one of our friends had been the head of the Texas Judicial Review Board for decades (and was also a licensed attorney), so he accompanied my husband to the court hearing. This man had been responsible for removing over 200 crooked judges from their benches. When the judge saw who our attorney was, he immediately dismissed the case, over the objections of the young prosecuting attorney, who didn’t realize who our attorney was. The firefighters didn’t show up at all.

        The judge was obviously aware of the scam (and apparently involved in it), or he wouldn’t have dropped the case like poison. So, we had the judge, the police, and the firefighters involved in this attempted shakedown.

        This country is now AINO (America In Name Only), and whether we can ever change it back to America is a HUGE question.

        • Chester

          JRR, shame on you if you KNOW of a scam going on like this and do nothing to force it out into the open. You complain and complain, yet do nothing to help solve the problem.

  • jdn

    No more Mr. nice cops . No more , excuse me mam but what is it that you just purchased ? Its now full combat mode cops for every and any dealings with the public . Guns drawn ready to kill everyone . Well if its war they want then its war they will probably get and no more tears for dead cops . One heck of a legacy they are building for themselves .

  • Margaret Manzi

    Even if she’d bought beer, she should not have been terrorized like that.

    • tccsmith

      Amen to that!

  • Gerald Jensen

    Why is it even still being considered to charge her? These guys screwed up and went WAY over the line. They should be fired and she should be given an apology from the police authorities and the governor.

    • JRR

      She should win a lawsuit that the offenders have to pay out of their own assets, leaving the taxpayers off the hook for once.

  • thinkingaloud

    Seems that the cops are not intelligent enough to know that it is worth considering who you are picking on when you pick a fight as there are some very dangerous folks about and they were lucky in this case that they picked on a terrified woman and not a brain damaged discard from the military. They could possibly all have been killed for no reason at all. Maybe the cops are now running scared and are totally out of control like their witless leaders.

    • tccsmith

      Just one witless leader, guess who? “O” I don’t know!

  • Chester

    Hey, guys, READ the story! All charges have been DROPPED!!

    • texastwin827

      Hey Chester…the POINT IS….they should never have approached females, late at night, like this! Once they discovered she had water, not beer, that should have been the end of it but they had to “save face” and charged her with Felonies? No excuses for this kind of behavior .. and I’m an ex wife of a former police officer so I’m hardly an “anti-law enforcement” person.

      • Chester

        I will agree. They SHOULD have had the female officer approach, preferably before the girl left the store, and verify what she was carrying. What I was trying to point out, to several of the responders below, is that charges are no longer pending in this case, but have been dropped.

        • tccsmith

          Again, SO!!!!! They never should have been charged to start with. Where is the reasonableness in this?

        • rivahmitch

          So you’re contending that cops or ABC droids or anyone else has a right to approach and demand that a private citizen show their purchases (as opposed to “their papers”). That’s not the kind of country I fought for in the Marine Corps but it’s the sort of country I’m quite willing to fight against.

          • Chester

            Using your logic, any teenager that can pop a fake ID, and convince a store clerk it is real should be allowed to take his case of beer and walk straight out to his car, where he most likely is going to share with his other underage friends? There WAS enough reasonable suspicion there to justify a quick check, but NOT a full out felony takedown, which IS essentially what was attempted. Truthfully, those alcohol agents should count themselves very lucky that none of THEM were killed in that parody of a legal operation.

          • rivahmitch

            Given the information provided there clearly was NOT sufficient information to determine “reasonable suspicion” because the ABC gestapo was too lazy to either closely observe or ask the store clerk what was purchase. Do you seriously believe that a judge would have consider a college age girl leaving a store with a grocery bag a “probable cause”? What if they’d shot her as she was “trying to escape”? What was the basis for the “reasonable suspicion” you claim existed. It’s not apparent in the article. Can anyone around 21 buying anything in a be presumed guilty until they prove to the gestapo that they’re not? Perhaps you’re willing to be asked for your “papers” and submit to a search whenever you go out. I’m not.

          • Chester

            There WAS sufficient information available for them to suspect she MIGHT be underage, and MIGHT be carrying illegal alcoholic beverages. That means there WAS sufficient reason for them to actually investigate, and stopping her at least guaranteed she would not get away while someone went in and talked to a, possibly uncooperative clerk. As far as having to worry about being stopped and forced to identify yourself, that is already IN the law. You CAN be stopped, and you CAN be asked for identification, and you CAN be detained if you fail to produce it. Talk to your good friend Sheriff Joe Arapaio about that.

          • rivahmitch

            “MIGHT” is a pretty weak basis for “reasonable suspicion”. But then under a fascist system, reason plays no part in the application of power. Hope your brown shirt fits well;-)

          • Chester

            Well, if you see someone who MIGHT be driving under the influence, do you want the cops to go back to the place he just left, if they can find it, and inquire as to his sobriety before they pull him over? Seems that in that case, MIGHT is all the excuse needed, and you will hear very few people who DON’T drive under the influence complaining about that idiot’s rights having been violated, yourself included. When someone MIGHT be breaking a law, do you investigate their prior circumstances before you stop them and ask directly, or do you make the stop, then inquire as to why they are doing whatever it is that caught your attention. MIGHT be breaking a law IS sufficient grounds for an immediate stop and investigation. There should never have been a felony stop in this case, but they did have every right to ask what she had bought before asking anything else, even if she had an ID,

          • rivahmitch

            That depends. Any driver on the road MIGHT be driving under the influence. Perhaps you’d favor full-time traffic stops on all streets at all times? (That would work wonders on rush hour traffic.) Sieg Heil!

    • JRR

      But now we aware of what the intentions were. Just as we are aware that, although the passage was removed from the first draft, the original INTENT was to give medical attention only according to Affirmative Action (in other words, withhold medical attention from Caucasians) under Obamacare.

      In both cases, although things were changed under pressure, we are warned of what the FBI and the O’Care pushers will do, as soon as they get the chance.

      • tccsmith

        What? Where did this come from???????????????????

        • Pplepeu9

          See, here’s the problem. The paid trolls are posting comments on several articles on at least three computers at a time. Sometimes they get confused and post their baseless diatribe on the wrong article. Funny, because it rather blows their cover!!

    • tccsmith


    • Miley

      And your point is? Charges were filed and they should not have been and I have not read anything about any disiplinary actions against these creeps.

    • Alan

      So it doesn’t matter to you that these poor girls were terrified needlessly over what would have amounted to nothing more than a misdemeanor in the first place? Have you ever been drawn down on by the police? I have. A dozen or so, armed to the teeth with pistols and shotguns, mistakenly assumed I was the murder suspect they were searching for and leveled off straight at my head. Had they not been in uniform I would probably have reacted the same way those young ladies did, in panic. Every one of those officers should be at the minimum placed on administrative leave and forced to apologize for their misconduct.

      • Chester

        Alan, I will agree with you on that. The point I was hammering on, to a bunch of posters on here who were assuming charges were still pending is that all charges have been dropped. Most likely had I been in those girls’ shoes, there would have been some bodies in that parking lot, rather than a couple of people getting bumped. Have been pretty much the whole rouite, and do NOT take kindly to people screaming at me while waving guns around, especially when they don’t bother to identify themselves first.

        • Alan

          I understand Chester. Yes, the charges were indeed dropped. I’m also glad to hear that you would have responded to such an egregious assault in such fashion. Too many law enforcement personnel jump to conclusions, assuming guilt without question. Have a nice evening Chester.

    • garygerke

      Dropping the outrageous charges does not nullify the simple fact that these agents terrorized these innocent women and probably scarred them mentally for years to come.

  • steve

    and we thought the rodney king beating was out of control.

  • justus brother

    These so called agents should be charged with felony counts.They initiated the incident that caused the injuries. Just as someone that commits a crime can be charged with murder if their partner is killed while committing the crime.

  • JRR

    American women are going to learn to live like Muslim women … creep about only in daylight, trying to remain as invisible as possible, so as not to cause evil people to attack them.

    Aside from out of control “law” enforcement, we have black mobs as large as 200 to 300 thugs attacking in shopping centers, attacking anyone who is unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The media is complicit in any attacks that it covers by its silence.

  • guest

    If they carry a badge, their a pig!!!!! It used to be people gave respect to cops. Now most of them don’t deserve it!!!!!

  • manuel

    Cops are turds and thugs. This may not hold true for all badge carriers, but it does for about 99.857% of them. Too bad she didn’t kill a couple of them.

  • Robbie

    The more I read the postings on this site the more I realize that most posters here have a major problem with authority figures.

    • garygerke

      The majority of the police departments in America have turned into paramilitary units that relish abusing the American peoples rights. Most of them show an utter disdain for the Constitution and the bill of rights!

      • Robbie

        I have to say that in the few dealings I have had with police officers in the U.S. I could not agree with you LESS.

    • BHR

      We do not have problems with authority figures, we have a problem with the Obama government taking our Constitutional rights. If you don’t understand what I am saying, read the Constitution. Look at what the IRS HAS DONE, all the spying on citizens and your rights if arrested. If you are arrested, you can be put in any jail, no attorney and they can keep you as long as the government wants.

  • Pplepeu9

    How tough would it have been for the ABC fools to just ask the convenience store clerk what she purchased and verify it with a look at the store copy of the receipt? You know, before they attacked with drawn guns?

    • momo

      That would require logic, a commodity in short supply.

  • garygerke

    Robbie, I can understand our position….Lemmings see and hear nothing!

  • Ibn Insha

    ABC agents attacked Elizabeth Day without reasonable cause. They failed to do their due diligence if she was under age for buying beer and that she had, in fact, bought beer. They failed to identify themselves properly and as a result Ms. Day’s reaction was natural to avoid the ABC agents. This one incident was one too many as somebody could lose his liberty, limb or even life. And thousands of such incidents occur in our country every day.

    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I would trust a gun in a monkey’s hands than human refuse with badges.

  • john

    And liberals want only police and Military armed.They want a police state,DO YOU?Then quit voting for democrats and arm up.Their hoards are being unleashed on us.

  • BHR

    When the police become the enemy, arm yourself. The patriot act and Obama made all citizens at the mercy of government.