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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A college student who says she fled in terror when undercover officers who thought she had illegally bought beer swarmed her SUV has reached a $212,500 settlement with the state of Virginia.
Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced the settlement Wednesday night with Elizabeth Daly, who had filed a $40 million federal lawsuit against agents with the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The lawsuit said Daly had bought a carton of sparkling water at a supermarket in April 2013, which the agents mistook for beer. She said that the badges around the agents' necks were not clearly visible, and that the agents did not identify themselves as officers.
James 6 hours ago
I live near C'ville and read the original newspaper accounts. I have followed this story from day one. Alcohol Beverage Control agents were dressed scruffily in T shirts, jeans, some with lots of facial hair and tattoos exposed on their forearms and came on very aggressively with the girls who had just come from a sexual assault awareness meeting. They were picking up sparkling water and cookies for a volunteer group. Once the girls fled the parking lot, they pulled over to the curb and called 911. Leader of the ABC agents had been transferred earlier from the Lynchburg VA office because of failure to follow proper procedures. Head of Virginia ABC commission resigned shortly afterward this incident. Some of the agents involved were required to undergo retraining. Numerous changes were made in ABC procedures after study including requirement that all operations of this sort include at least one uniformed officer who is readily identifiable as law enforcement.
As to what damages were suffered, every time this young lady applies for a job, a student loan, admission to school, any professional organization, a routine background check will turn up her arrest record. How may prospective employers, school admissions officers, etc. are going to give her a chance to explain the situation, and how many are going to automatically toss her application into the reject pile? She should have gotten more. And some of the agents should be in the unemployment line, but being state employees, they probably would have had to shoot the girls and a couple of bystanders to get fired, not just scare the hell out of totally innocent people and beat up their car with their guns and flashlights.
Glad I wasn't there that night. I carry concealed, and I might have misread the situation too and tried to intervene.
originally posted by: VoidHawk
An interesting comment from op's source
"Every time this young lady applies for a job, a student loan, admission to school, any professional organization, a routine background check will turn up her arrest record. How may prospective employers, school admissions officers, etc. are going to give her a chance to explain the situation, and how many are going to automatically toss her application into the reject pile?
originally posted by: igor_ats
Why would arrest record show up instead of criminal record? You know the list of crimes you where convicted of?
Employer - "It says here you where arrested for murder."
Jobseeker - "Mistaken identity I was released same day."
Employer - "We don't want any murderers round these parts, bye."
*Application into trash bin.*