Police Abuse

Six Plainclothes Cops Attack and Arrest University of Virginia Sorority Woman After She Buys Water From Grocery Store

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Modern policing! Public safety! No amount of snarky irony can prepare you for this tale of police idiocy in the name of the most minor and absurd of laws, reported in Daily Progress out of Virginia:

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.

Photo credit: Fergal Mac Eoinin / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

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.

The authorities agree with her tale, but, you know, she had pissed the cops off by then.

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….

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….

Daly incurred the assault charges when she "grazed" two agents with her SUV, according to court records. She drove the SUV past the agents after her front-seat passenger, in a panic, yelled at Daly to "go, go, go" and climbed into the rear of the vehicle to gain space from the men on her side of the car, the records state…

Oh, the irony!

The women dialed 911 as they pulled out of the parking lot to report what was happening and ask whether the agents were police officers. Daly said she was planning to drive to a police station. She stopped the SUV nearby for an agent driving a vehicle with lights and sirens, Chapman said.

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  1. Prosecutors say she apologized profusely when she realized who the agents were.

    This makes me literally angry with rage. She is the victim! They should be apologizing to her.

    In a just world, someone would cunt-punt those thugs into the fucking Atlantic…. during a hurricane.

    1. I’d settle for long prison terms for felony assault.

    2. Charlottesville is ~170 miles away from the Atlantic. It would be hard.

      1. OK, take them inland another 50 miles and use enough equipment.

  2. Prosecutors withdrew those charges Thursday in Charlottesville General District Court, but Daly still can’t understand why she sat in jail….

    I think we all know the answer to that. Because fuck her, that’s why.

    1. What is it the scum say? “You can beat the rap, but you can’t beat the ride?”

    2. I am not disappointed that this is the second comment, since it was the one I came here to make.

    3. Because she embarrassed them – they were used to roughing up teenagers buying booze.

      I can only imagine what possesses a cop, on under-age liquor patrol, to jump on the hood of a car and pull his gun out.

      1. you know why they dropped the charges? because one does not lose one’s right of self-defense against police use of force where the one exercising self-defense makes a reasonable mistake of fact (these are not cops).

        there’s no intent to assault a police officer or evade arrest, which MUST exist for these ‘crimes’.

        it’s a false arrest, including on the assault / evading charges, if these officers did not adequately verbally tell her who they were.

        so, sue them now.

        1. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to shoot someone in the face if they’re breaking out the windows to my car. Ostensibly cops aren’t supposed to do that.

  3. According to the totality of the circumstances these brave OFFICERS were justified in responding with the APPROPRIATE level of force based on their department-wide use of force matrix, hth.

    checkmate, bigorati.

    1. PWND!

      1. Bigorati gotta bigot.

    2. Yawn !

      troll-o-meter -.01

      smooches

  4. Brave prohibitionists, valiantly keeping the demon liquor out of innocent hands.

    And why is Alcohol Control carrying firearms? Are they afraid that Al Capone is going to have a shoot-out with them?

    1. And how did they know she was under age?

      1. The same way they knew water was beer. Something to do with their god-complex.

      2. She didn’t look over 40 – therefore she *might* have been underage, which is enough PC to justify the beatdown.

  5. And nothing else happened.

  6. Busted for fucking ice cream and bottled water.

    FUCK YOU DOHERTY FOR BEING THE BALKO OF TODAY’S REASON!

    1. Don’t forget the cookie dough.

      1. It might have had raw egg whites in it.

    2. In Bloomberg’s America, this is a valid function of the Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Carbohydrates.

  7. Those pigs are lucky an armed citizen did not attempt to stop this assault.

    1. An armed citizen is lucky he did not attempt to stop this assault.

    2. VA banned guns (including concealed carry) on State School Campuses after the VTech shooting(which is why no one in the area would have had one).

      1. It was banned on state campuses BEFORE VTech. A few months before there had been a push to get the restrictions lifted, but they went nowhere.

        That worked out swell.

      2. Barracks Road Shopping Center is NOT on the University of Virginia campus. It isn’t even especially close.

        Otherwise, I used to deliver The Daily Progress when I was a kid but moved away shortly thereafter, so it’s kind of neat to see a news story coming from them.

        As for the cops – they should all be fired for this. I think the Navy still has some big guns that would handle their caliber.

  8. Something something proactive policing, something something not waiting for them to commit other crimes, something something bravo police officers.

    1. Actually, the girls are lucky they didn’t shoot them.

  9. You know, I got Balko’s new book in the mail yesterday, started to read it, and got all pissed off. And apparently today Reason wants to pile on that. If there’s another couple of articles like this today, I’m sending Gillespie the hospital bill after my inevitable heart attack.

    1. Is it called “Yet Another Isolated Incident”?

      I refuse to buy a Balko book unless he names it correctly.

    2. ‘Rise of the Warrior Cop’, right? I attended a lecture hosted by Balko at the Students for Liberty conference back in February.

      He did this game where he showed us picture of heavily armed and camouflaged men and we had to guess if they were cops or soldiers. It was pretty depressing.

      1. “cop. cop. cop. cop. cop. Oh, wait, that one doesn’t have his finger in the trigger-guard. Soldier.”

        1. Has anyone ever done a study to compare firearm safety habits of warfighters vs. LEOs? Because the average age of a warfighter is much, much lower than that of the average LEO. If not, this study should be done, by Reason, NOW. (Not that either group would agree to participate.)

      2. I won’t read Balko’s book because I know I will end up throwing it through a wall in rage.

        1. I got the hardcopy version for that very reason. The Kindle was expensive. Don’t want to slam it against the wall.

          (I’m only about 50 pages in and I’m already in a rage. And I haven’t even gotten to the bad parts yet)

    3. Oh – you DIDN’T want another one…. http://blog.simplejustice.us/2…..ition.aspx

  10. Fucking insane.

  11. Where is Dunphy to claim the cops use of force was justified?

    1. He’ll be by any minute now, to tell us all we bigorati just don’t get it.

    2. Either it was justified or it was an isolated event that can be remedied by further training. Problem?

  12. She didn’t submit and obey, so she was sent to jail. The end.

    1. Ah, so how did you get a copy of the police report…?! I mean, that is it, verbatim, right?

  13. suspecting the blue carton of LaCroix sparkling water to be a 12-pack of beer

    Sounds fishy to me. Why did she have this LaCroix sparkling water, anyway? Why does anyone need that? Obviously, this young lady was up to no good, and was planning to mix alcohol or even illegal drugs in it. You know that she was thinking about it! She should get the maximum 5 years on all counts, just for that!

    I for one, am just glad that these brave warriors were out keeping the children safe.

    1. NO one needs more than an 8pack of sparkling water.

  14. The Law is the Law.

    If she had tried to resist, those noble Law Enforcement Professionals would have been completely justified in using lethal force. That bitch should be thankful.

  15. These chicks are lucky to be alive.

  16. 14 year old NRA fan also has charges dropped. Free Country 2.0 needs to have a review board whereby if charges are vacated, the charging agency needs to be investigated for bringing them.

    1. “With Jared’s criminal charges taken care of, Lardieri and White say they plan on moving forward with a civil suit against the Logan County School District.”

      Good, fuck those clowns.

  17. The thing that pisses me off the most about this is that they expect someone to be immediately compliant when a group of people who are not obviously police attack her in twilight. Why wouldn’t you think that maybe you were being robbed or kidnapped or something? Fucking pigs can’t have it both ways. Either you are stealthy and can surprise people, or you can make it obvious that you are police. In the first case, you can’t expect people to recognize you as police.

    Of course, there is plenty else to be pissed off at too. How did they know she was underage? Even if it were alcohol, what reason did they have to suspect anything illegal was happening. 20 year olds look about the same as 21 year olds. Shouldn’t some specific suspicion of illegal activity be there before aggressively descending on someone doing normal, everyday things like buying a few beverages at a store?

    1. If you have six people on a sting, why not just have them circulate through the fucking store one at a time for 30 minutes or so?

      1. Because it takes six armed men to take down one unarmed woman. They’ve got to stick together.

        1. There were TWO unarmed women in this case. I’m surprised they didn’t call for backup.

    2. Exactly. Also, they have spinning blue lights for this exact reason. Most people in this society will immediately believe you are a cop if you have a spinning blue light with you. Where was their spinning blue light during this incident?

      1. Where was their spinning blue light during this incident?

      2. THERE ARE FIVE LIGHTS!

    3. Yeah, if they were after underage drinkers, why not, you know, have an officer stroll up to them, flash his badge and ask for ID?

      What’s with the ambush? What purpose does it serve?

      1. Well, you don’t actually *have* to show the officer ID.

        On the other hand, roll up with 5 of your buddies, jump on the car and stick a gun in some kid’s face and he’ll do whatever you say. And it has the extra bonus of making you feel like you’re not a complete waste of a human being who isn’t a good enough cop to be trusted to do anything more serious than chase down kids for trying to sneak a beer.

        As far as *knowing* whether or not they’re underage – nowadays stores are supposed to card you if you look under *40* for chrissakes.

    4. Those cops are enforcing the highest drinking age in the world. An age so arbitrary, how can we expect their enforcement to be any less arbitrary?

  18. This is the danger we face for carrying a firearm. If a gang of six starting sprinting at me I would have draw my piece and then immediately found myself out gunned. If I survived the fire fight no way I don’t get convicted of cop/attempted cop killer and sent away for life or in Florida, executed.

    1. If it’s any consolation, I wouldn’t convict you.

      1. You are a reasonable person so you would not be selected for my jury.

        1. Maybe he could disguise himself as a cop-friendly, low-information, below-average person?

          1. ^this^ Jury nullification is one of the few weapons we have.

            1. The four boxes for the defense of freedom: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box and the ammo box. Use in that order.

  19. The authorities agree with her tale, but, you know, she had pissed the cops off by then.

    In some cultures showing anger is a sign of weakness. The whole concept of “you made me angry” doesn’t even exist. They don’t look at the target of the anger with scorn, they look upon the weak-minded person with frail emotions who allowed themselves to become angry with scorn.

    What does that say about law enforcement types who are quick to anger when the people they serve do not immediately submit and obey?

  20. Well fuck. So the cops created all this shit because they suspected some ALCOHOL?!?!?!?! OH THE HORROR!!!!

    1. Seriously. This is fucking insane. Guns pulled, windows smashed, women terrorized – because an adult might be drinking a beer a year or two before it’s legal?

      1. Well look at Europe where the drinking age is 14 to 16 on average. It’s chaos over there, chaos! The drinking age should be 21 or higher or the fabric of society will unravel. Even super-libertarian Steve Chapman agrees. So why do you hate freedom?

  21. OT: Woman decries the inevitable result of sexual harrassment suits.

    A woman fired from her job for being too “irresistible” will get another chance at her sex-discrimination lawsuit after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled this week to reconsider the case.

    Melissa Nelson says she spent 10 happy years working as a dental hygienist for Dr. James Knight until he blindsided her with a pink slip, claiming Nelson was a threat to his marriage..

    1. Who are these employers who state their reasons for terminating employees? Just say “I’m sorry, but I have to let you go”. Voila, no lawsuits!

      1. You can’t be convicted of a thought crime if you don’t make those thoughts known.

  22. And Best Comment Intro goes to Elatia Grimshaw:

    ABC = Assholes, Bastards and Cunts…

    http://www.dailyprogress.com/n…..0f31a.html

  23. It really is remarkable that the thugs did not shoot these girls when they moved the vehicle.

    1. And dunphy would have called it a good shoot, based on totality of the circs.

    2. They truly are heroes!

    3. The only thing tempering their actions was the possibility the person they assaulted being politically connected.

      1. It was UVA. They have one of the best law schools in the country.

        1. Exactly.

        2. And the law school is right in back of Barracks Road Shopping Center.

  24. “It wouldn’t be the right thing to do to prosecute this,”

    It never is, even if the six of them deserve it.

  25. “They were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us”

    Serious question: Why should anyone trust any badge? Do *you* know what a “legitimate”, say, BATFE badge looks like? “Please wait a few minutes, Officer — if you *are* an Officer — so I can check that out on the Internet.”

    1. Why hasn’t anyone made the inevitable *Treasure of the Sierra Madre* reference?

      1. “Badgers? We don’t need no badgers. We ain’t got no steeking badgers!”

  26. Police say one of the agents jumped on the hood of her car.

    I’m sure that will stop a 2-ton vehicle, and with no risk whatsoever to the genius ABC agent.

    1. Is that a SOP? Highly trained individuals, indeed.

      1. Everyone wants to be TJ Hooker.

  27. 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.

    And so the fuck what? Did they have magical age-detecting glasses on? Can I be publicly SWATed for carrying home beer while looking young?

    1. Apparently in that jurisdiction, you can.

    2. It seems like the drinking age of 21 also acts as a jobs program. Every college kid is now suspect.

  28. God damnit. Charlottesville was supposed to be safe from this idiocy! Fucking state ABC cops.

    1. Charlottesville was supposed to be safe from this idiocy

      Oh, bless your heart!

  29. Speaking of Canada, Unibroue beers were on sail for $1.79 at my local wine store for 12oz bottles. Got several bottles each of Trois Pistoles, La Fin Du Monde and Don De Dieu. Excellent brews at a mind blowing price.

    1. Wrong thread, on, er, wrong site.

      1. Not much for multi-tasking are we?

    2. and ‘sail’? Wtf, I don’t even.

      1. I thought you were using the Canadian spelling.

    3. That’s a hell of a deal. Damn.

  30. The woman was on edge after spending the night listening to stories from dozens of sexual assault survivors at an annual “Take Back the Night” vigil on Grounds, said Daly’s defense attorney, Francis Lawrence.

    And my sympathy deflates quicker than the balloon in this balloon fetish video, which is a thing, by the way.

    1. Maybe they’ll ban “Take Back the Night” vigils because it makes women dangerous to plainclothes officers?

      1. If “Take Back the Night” wasn’t terror and grievance porn but instead a workshop that actually provided useful information about defending oneself from sexual assault (like unarmed self-defense workshops or concealed-carry license drives) then I would agree with you.

  31. Cops are animals.

    Here, just read the comments in this story.

    They do not respect their employer and couldn’t care less about our rights, even if it infringes on their ability to go batshit insane with rage for no apparent reason.

    1. Read: Posted by justsayNOtoliberalism on Thursday, June 27, 2013 08:33 PM Pacific Report Abuse
      It’s apparent the officer is just fed up like most officers are with people’s smug, lack of respect, challenging, and narcissistic attitudes that are now the norm! However, cameras are now the norm and we must act professionally no matter what. Knowledge is power and I find it entertaining to use my knowledge and experience to ensure that the violator always leaves with an invitation to court. I also like to get my camera and record the citizens. It is fun to watch the citizen’s reactions as I stick my camera in their face and record them. Most of the time they coward and just want to leave. But no matter what, I am always professional and I always win!

    2. Posted by DonLaw on Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:16 PM Pacific Report Abuse
      As an identified “public servant,” you would think that denotes some type of respect for the daily sacrifices that officers go through to give this D.B. his freedom and keep him safe. The servant part does NOT denote bending over and taking it!

      Damn popinjay! 😉

    3. Yeah, keeping “speaking out” asshole…Brothers are watching…One of these days, one of us will catch you at the right time and beat you with your own camera…They’ll be very nice, courteous & professional while hammering you with every available charge they can articulate…Some which, you’ll probably even document yourself with your camera…..

      Wow. Pigs really are the lowest form of scum on the planet.

  32. You guys don’t get it. If Daly had been carrying beer, then the ABC could have busted the store owner.

    Step 2: ???

    Step 3: Crime eradicated!

    1. Comment (note the commentor’s name): Posted by Taser4You on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 02:40 PM Pacific Report Abuse
      “He said the situation has been resolved and that the post was removed from Facebook.” Resolved with a happy ending I would add!
      Wish we could talk more P.O.S’s into taking dirt nap’s

      1. Why do these sociopaths always write with the sophistication of a 10-year-old special needs student? “[D]irt naps”[sic]? Really? Did T4Y spend his 4th grade English lessons masturbating in the corner?

        1. Did T4Y spend his 4th grade English lessons masturbating in the corner?

          Probably. People with more refined appetites tend to do better than ending up as thugs wielding clubs.

        2. Did T4Y spend his 4th grade English lessons masturbating in the corner?

          Probably. People with more refined appetites tend to do better than ending up as thugs wielding clubs.

        3. Of course. If he’d been smarter, he never would’ve failed the IQ test required to become a cop.

    2. Reading the comments on that site (any article) is extremely disturbing. These people are allowed to use deadly force.

  33. This particular individual was walking with an item purchased in an agreed upon market exchange. So we tased her.
    Scary pigs at it again.
    I wonder how different we are from the conditions of the iron curtain countries before 1989.

    1. I wonder how different we are from the conditions of the iron curtain countries before 1989.

      I can surmise with reasonable confidence through my own personal experience that our current situation is worse.

      1. Police in the Eastern Bloc countries (Milicja in Poland) employed some sinister and inhuman tactics, but those were mostly targeted actions against people suspected of anti-state activity, and the officers did display a high level of professionalism and intellect. I’ve never seen the kind of unrestrained bravado and random intimidation that police here seem to display on a regular basis.

      2. Another article posted here today talks about how the East German agency spying on its people thanks to hardware limitations could only tap 40 phone calls at one time.

  34. This is why I eat my cookie dough and ice cream out of a paper bag when I’m in town.

  35. Would it be a felony for me to suggest that the pigs who charged Daly with a felony for pissing them off when she responded reasonably to what looked like an attack by armed thugs ought to be beaten to death with lead pipes for being such self-important petty tyrants? Then I won’t say it. That would be wrong (as Richard Nixon would say).

    1. I’d settle for very long prison terms in fuck-you-up-the-ass prison. Let them try to deal with real threats without the protection of their badge or gun.

      1. Both of you gentlemen are being entirely too kind.

  36. Is there a legal offense fund to which we may contribute?

  37. The ABC is the poor man’s DEA. I remember when I was in grad school at UVA (mid-seventies), the school had “Graduate Happy Hour” which featured free beer. The ABC objected, saying that it was illegal to imply that beer caused or increased happiness. So it was renamed “Graduate Drink Until You Can’t Walk Hour”.

  38. So in this case we have a gang of plain clothes law enforcement types with nothing to do. Having nothing useful to do they grasped at a mental picture of criminal behavior that was in their heads; since law enforcement types spend almost all of their time thinking everyone is a criminal.

    This country really needs to defund the police state before it is too late.

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