While reading this story, imagine this is happening to your teenage daughter.
The Times Dispatch reports:
When a half-dozen men and a woman in street clothes closed in on University of Virginia student Elizabeth Daly, 20, she and two roommates panicked.
That led to Daly spending a night and an afternoon in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. Her initial offense? Walking to her car with bottled water, cookie dough and ice cream just purchased from the Harris Teeter in the Barracks Road Shopping Center for a sorority benefit fundraiser.
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.
“This has been an extremely trying experience,” she wrote. “It is something to this day I cannot understand or believe has come to this point.”
A gents at ABC’s regional office in Staunton deferred to the agency’s public affairs office in Richmond. Spokeswoman Carol Mawyer would not provide details of the arrest or ABC’s investigative procedures, except to say that all agents wear plainclothes and carry metal badges.
Agents charged Daly 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.
For the mathematically challenged, she was facing 15 years in prison before the prosecutor decided to withdraw the charges. Frankly, I’m shocked that the charges were withdrawn, but I’m not shocked that she was accosted and jailed over a bottle of water.
Of course, since you are a slave, any anger you might have at the police over this incident, if it were to happen to your own daughter, must be supplanted. You must behave as an obedient dog before your masters. Any threatening comments or talk of retaliation will be met with brutal and overwhelming force against your person. Sit down and shut up slave.
And remember, all this took place because some twenty year old might have had a bottle of booze on her. And also remember, drinking age laws are for your own protection, because you and your children are simply too stupid to know what’s best for yourselves. Of course, your 18 year old kid can be drafted to fight a foreign war of aggression, because your 18 year old kid is also a slave, subject to the whims of the bureaucracy that rules you.
People wonder why I don’t have kids and why I’m not married – I point them to stories like this. No fucking way will I subject another human being to a life under this Nazi regime.