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If McDonnell’s request to privatize booze had passed, would we be having ABC enforcement headlines?

ABC logoBy Lynn R. Mitchell

In 2010 I wrote “The case for ABC privatization: Why is Virginia in the booze business?” that talked about Governor Bob McDonnell’s belief that government should not be in the business of selling alcohol but should, instead, concentrate on the core functions of government.

My question: If the General Assembly had rid Virginia of the ABC albatross, would we be having the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) officers making headlines like the one last week in Charlottesville with a UVa student Martese Johnson who ended up with 10 stitches in his head? And the incident that occurred two years ago with UVa student Elizabeth Daly who was wrongly arrested for buying sparkling water that was mistaken for beer by ABC officers?

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Flashback: Charlottesville ABC agents should be reminded of the Alicia Showalter Reynolds tragedy

Elizabeth Daly

Elizabeth Daly

By Lynn R. Mitchell

[Editor’s note: With the latest incident involving a UVa student and Virginia ABC agents that occurred earlier this week (see Students Speak Out on ABC Arrest of UVa Student), it seemed a good time to rerun this post from 2013 when ABC agents made news with another UVa student.]

I had no intention of writing about the Charlottesville ABC agents who apprehended a UVa student in the false belief she was underage with beer. Her “beer” turned out to be sparkling water but a series of events led to her arrest and she was thrown in the slammer overnight. ABC agents thought their lives were in danger, and the young lady thought her life was in danger, and it ended up in a big mess.

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