A University of Virginia student spent a night and good part of the next day in jail after seven plain-clothes agents from the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control division ambushed her.
The student, 20-year-old Elizabeth Daly, made the mistake of walking to her car with bottled water, cookie dough and ice cream in a dark supermarket parking lot near the UVA campus, reports The Daily Progress.
The seven agents sprung aggressively into action, suspecting that the student was carrying was a 12-pack of beer.
They updated the story:
In a June 28 posting on its very own Facebook page, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control defended its actions.
“Agents were working in the area, concentrating on underage possession enforcement. An agent observed what appeared to be an underage person in possession of what appeared to be a case of beer, and approached her to investigate,” the anonymously authored posting reads. “The agent identified herself as a police officer and was displaying her badge. Other agents did not join the incident until the subject refused to cooperate.”
“We take all citizen complaints seriously and the matter is currently under review by the ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement,” the posting also says.