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Del. Toscano Introduces Two Pieces of Legislation on ABC

Jan. 15, 2014

Delegate David Toscano introduced two pieces of legislation on Wednesday, related to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).

The bills are in direct response to an incident last April when undercover ABC officers suspected three University of Virginia students of buying alcohol illegally, and one of the officers pulled out his gun in an attempt to stop the students.

An investigation determined the agents' actions were excessive and ABC issued an apology.

One of the bills introduced by Del. Toscano says ABC agents should not use deadly force during an arrest or detention of a person suspected of underage possession, unless there is a reasonable fear of serious injury.

The second bill requires agents to consistently observe ABC policies, and protect constitutional rights in their interactions with the public.

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