August 29, 2013
The Rutherford Institute in Charlottesville is calling for an overhaul of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), after an incident involving a University of Virginia student and several ABC agents.
In April, undercover ABC agents tried to arrest Elizabeth Daly after she purchased sparkling water at a grocery store, and they mistook it for beer.
John Whitehead, the president of the Rutherford Institute, is calling for better training for ABC agents.
"“If the ABC persists in controlling and regulating the sale, distribution and consumption of alcohol through its own avenues and with its own police force, then it must ensure that its agents have a thorough understanding of the spirit and letter of the U.S. Constitution," said Whitehead.
The institute is also volunteering to take the lead in putting together an oversight panel in order to provide feedback to the ABC, to make sure the department better serves the needs of Virginia.
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