Girl buys water, spends night in jail
Felony charges were dropped on Thursday against a 20-year-old University of Virginia student who says she panicked when undercover agents from the state's Alcohol Beverage Control division mistook her water purchase for beer.
According to Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress, the student, Elizabeth Daly, was walking to her car on April 11 at approximately 10:15 p.m. with a box of sparkling water, cookie dough and ice cream she had just bought from a local supermarket when the agents—six men and one woman, all in plainclothes—approached suspecting the box, a blue carton of LaCroix sparkling water, to be a 12-pack of beer. One jumped on the hood of her SUV; another pulled out a gun, Daly said, as her roommates seated inside looked on in horror.Got that? Plainclothes agents jumped on the hood of her car and started breaking her windows - and were surprised when she floored it and got the hell out of Dodge. And when she "grazed" an agent - I'll bet $50 neither agent was injured - they filed felony charges against her. After they pointed guns at her. For buying water.
Now, is this an appropriate response even if she had been buying beer underage? They have her license plate number - they can certainly find out who she is and where she lives and serve her at the house. To approach her in plainclothes and draw a firearm? Over underage possession of what they thought was a 12 pack of beer?
People wonder why folks don't trust the police any more - stories like these certainly don't help any.
That is all.