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City Council Requests Independent Investigation of ABC Agents

July 8, 2013

Charlottesville City Council sent a letter to Governor Bob McDonnell and the Police, Militia and Public Safety Committee of the Virginia House of Delegates-which oversees the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control-on Monday, requesting an independent, public investigation of the April incident involving undercover ABC agents at Barracks Road Shopping Center.

The letter also asks for better cooperation in the future between the ABC and local police.

"The Charlottesville Police Department wasn't even notified of the sting taking place that evening in Charlottesville, which is also troubling," said City Councilor Dave Norris.

Officials with ABC say an initial review found no wrongdoing by the undercover agents who arrested 20-year-old University of Virginia student Elizabeth Daly, after mistaking her purchase of sparkling water for beer. But public outcry has led to a second review.

City Council says the review should be done by an independently of ABC.

"We hope to get some answers as to how this incident happened and how to prevent one like it from ever happening again," Norris said.

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