"DROP the Sparkling Water, NOW!" -- Your Cops Hard at Work in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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    Jul 02, 2013 9:55 PM GMT
    Charlottesville (Va.) Daily ProgressWhen a half-dozen men and a woman in street clothes closed in on University of Virginia student Elizabeth Daly, 20, she and two roommates panicked.

    That led to Daly spending a night and an afternoon in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. Her initial offense? Walking to her car with bottled water, cookie dough and ice cream just purchased from the Harris Teeter (supermarket) in the Barracks Road Shopping Center for a sorority benefit fundraiser.

    A group of state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents clad in plainclothes approached her, suspecting the blue carton of LaCroix sparkling water to be a 12-pack of beer. Police say one of the agents jumped on the hood of her car. She says one drew a gun. Unsure of who they were, Daly tried to flee the darkened parking lot.

    What happened next? See:

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    Jul 03, 2013 1:50 AM GMT
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    Jul 09, 2013 10:32 PM GMT
    Meanwhile, also in Virginia:


    Any bets Sonny didn't get a gun pulled on him?
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    Jul 09, 2013 10:38 PM GMT

    Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.)The backlash reached Gov. Bob McDonnell's office. A spokesman for the governor said a cabinet member had spoken with ABC. The agency June 28 announced a second review of the case, saying an earlier review found no wrongdoing by agents.

    Officials said Daly had not been arrested for buying bottled water — as some headlines declared on the Internet — but for failing to comply with law enforcement’s commands and for striking two of the agents with her SUV. ABC acknowledged that an agent “unholstered” his weapon but said he didn’t point it at anyone.

    On Friday, the agency’s stance shifted. Following an exchange of emails between Insley and a reporter at The Daily Progress, ABC issued a two-page statement announcing what the agency described as an "immediate change" in procedure, declaring that a uniformed agent would be on hand to act as a "contact person" in operations like the one that landed Daly in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. More changes could follow, ABC said.

    The addition of a uniformed officer in operations points to one of the principal complaints of Daly and her roommates: It wasn’t clear to them who the agents were. Other complaints linger.

    “All I can think about is how differently the situation would have turned out if the officers had remained calm, explained their objective and helped us to remain calm,” Anne Downey, a roommate of Daly’s who was in the back seat of the SUV, said in an email. “Our instincts and fear were set off by the aggression and anger of the officers.”
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    Jul 09, 2013 11:15 PM GMT
    It's the Zimmerman rule.

    You're now allowed to confront and frighten unarmed people who are minding their own business carrying food and drink, then kill them when they fight in their fright, then claim it was all the dead person's fault -- and of course have every conservative male from coast to coast on your side.
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    Jul 09, 2013 11:54 PM GMT
    I can't find any images or description of this UVA student but given that she's a 20 year old girl, how threatening did she appear to this swarm of arresting officers?

    Not just wannabe cops like George Zimmerman, but the real cops can make wild errors of judgement when it comes to recognizing a threat from any individual.

    A lot of RJ members, white or black, could be misjudged as a threat by someone like Zimmerman or even an overanxious police officer. Especially if you're young, muscular and are dressed in something other than pink; Yes, you could be next.