According to the Charlottesville Daily Progress, shortly after 10 p.m. April 11, the University of Virginia student bought ice cream, cookie dough and a carton of LaCroix sparkling water from the Harris Teeter grocery store at the popular Barracks Road Shopping Center. In the parking lot, a half-dozen men and a woman approached her car, flashing some kind of badges. One jumped on the hood. Another drew a gun. Others started trying to break the windows.Spoiler alert: The attackers were Virginia alcohol control cops who apparently mistook the woman's sparkling water for (gasp) beer.
The agents who acted like a gang of felons initially charged the woman with three felonies ater she tried to flee these unknown armed persons and sought the protection of verifiable police officers. A prosecutor with more sense dismissed the charges, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch.
Keep in mind, this incident happened near the campus of a university founded by Thomas Jefferson. What would Jefferson have to say about the rising level of heavy-handed police practices in the U.S.?