Monday, July 1, 2013

Keeping Us Safe From Bottled Water...

This is pretty unreal...

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.

12 comments:

Shane W said...

My first thought when I read the title was that idiot Bloomberg's trying to ban bottled water.

Old NFO said...

And they dropped the charges on 'further deliberation'... In other words THEY screwed up, hell I don't blame her for not stopping!!!

Larry said...

Damn, they're almost as bad as the BATFE(IEIO) (I say "almost" because they did eventually drop the charges). Of course they won't admit that they screwed up in the first place...

Cormac said...

7 agents...?
Really? This is an Onion type story, right?

...nope

notDilbert said...

I assume the Lawyers are already lined up at her door.......

By all rights she has a big check coming.

Anonymous said...

Here in Kentucky you are allowed to shoot Yankee revenuers. Racing away from them is what started NASCAR.

Gerry

acairfearann said...

Ugh. The cops are lucky, she and her friends are even luckier. And thank goodness for a sane judge!

My reaction would have been the same as hers, only the outcome might have been worse...because I would have been reaching for something, anything, that resembled a weapon, and in fact for several things that are weapons.
Because, 7 guys, armed, jumping on my car, screaming and waving unidentifiable badges, when all I've done is buy some water? My brain's first response would not be 'cop'.

Geodkyt said...

Exactly, acairfearann -- after all, what she did is EXACTLY what we TELL young ladies to do in similar situations -- use the 4000lbs vehicle to get the hell away, and do not find yourself duct taped in the back of the windowless van, waiting to be turned into a girlsuit.

Daniel in Brookline said...

We need harsher penalties for unwarranted use of overwhelming force.

There was no permanent harm done here, as near as I can tell. But suppose the student had had her grandmother in the back seat, who had then died of a heart attack?

I cannot think of ANY reason for plainclothes police to overreact the way they did in response to buying beer. Even during Prohibition, buying a twelve-pack should not have gotten a response like this. The officers in question should be fired permanently -- or, perhaps, should get the option of 10 hours each of community service, helping the student. (What kind of help? Whatever she wants.)

Ed said...

We have head a lot over the past few years about "common sense gun control". How about the concept of "common sense police control"? In other words, let us advance the open discussion that there are limits to what all law enforcement officers are allowed to do? The U.S. military is subject to the UCMJ, Geneva Convention and Hague Convention. What generally acceptable constraints limit law enforcement officers?

Wraith said...

<------ REALLY trying not to link to NWA's "F*** Tha Police"

I have a reasonable amount of trust in most of Arizona's Sheriff's Departments and DPS. Not absolute, but I'll give 'em a chance.

Anyone else with a badge or TLA on their jacket? Nothing but another gang, AFAIC. And I'll treat 'em like one.

Michael W. said...

This is what happens when you "militarize" a police agency. I NEVER needed full or even semi-auto weapons, helmet, ninja suit, or any of that other high-speed low drag gear to enforce the law. Just common sense, which seems to be missing in some police officers these days.