ABC: Apologize for the April 11th incident and discipline the officers involved.
  • Petitioned Shawn Walker

This petition was delivered to:

Director of Enforcement, Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Shawn Walker
Chairman of the Board, Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
J. Neal Insley
Virginia Governor

ABC: Apologize for the April 11th incident and discipline the officers involved.

    1. Petition by

      Charlottesville Residents and Student Petitioners

On April 11th, 2013, several ABC agents surrounded and drew a weapon on a panicked and confused UVA student purchasing bottled water in Charlottesville's Barracks Road Shopping Center. They then charged this victim with several felonies resulting from the confusion.

A description of the incident can be found at:


Shawn Walker, Director of Enforcement, Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
J. Neal Insley, Chairman of the Board, Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Virginia Governor
The signers of this petition, which include students and residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, demand an apology from the ABC for this incident. Furthermore, we expect appropriate discipline and/or dismissal for the officers involved. Finally, we ask the ABC to take steps to improve transparency and accountability in their undercover enforcement operations.

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Recent signatures


    1. ABC Response Inadequate; Decisive Action is Needed

      The ABC recently announced a change to their operational procedures in response to this incident. The agency's statement contained no apology, nor did it discuss discipline of the officers involved.

      The organizers of this petition applaud the ABC for acknowledging the need for organizational change. The change made, however, does not come close to addressing our concerns.

      That evening, an officer drew his weapon on confused and panicked students (a fact confirmed by a bystander's 911 call) - what systemic failures led to such an inappropriate, dangerous action? ABC chose to charge Ms. Daly with several felonies, our Commonwealth's most serious category of crimes. What does such a decision say about the mission and culture of the Virginia ABC?

      The Virginia public deserves answers to these questions. In the absence of an appropriate ABC response, we call on Governor McDonnell to take decisive action. Our elected officials should have zero tolerance for dysfunctional state agencies.

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. Mentioned on CBS 19, 106.1 The Corner and NBC 29!

      Only a few hours in, our petition has already been mentioned on several Charlottesville news outlets. It is clear that the Charlottesville community wants some accountability from the ABC for this incident. Please help keep the momentum going - share this petition on Facebook and Twitter!

    4. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Brian Molter LONG VALLEY, NJ
      • 7 months ago


    • James McCorkle SLIPPERY ROCK, PA
      • 7 months ago

      Petite dick meatheads should feel the long dick of the law.

    • Matt Richardson RED BANK, NJ
      • 7 months ago

      "Protect and Serve". That is the job of a police officer. That is why they are paid, via taxes, by the people they are supposed to be protecting. That, very clearly, did not happen here. It's acceptable to make a mistake, which the ABC officers did by trying to DETAIN someone who was purchasing water. If the officers had calmly approached the woman, asked for her identification, asked what she purchased, this situation would not have happened. But the officers instead decided to surround the car in plain clothes and pulled their weapon. Does protocol dictate than an ABC officer should draw their weapon when they suspect a 20 year old is buying alcohol?

      What's more, the officers attempted to shift the blame to the victim, by lying and claiming that 'she had tried to run people over'. That's character defamation - in a public setting, viewable by anyone who chooses to read about this story. That's not only immoral, but illegal.

      So if you are reading this, and you happen to be the politician in question, know this:

      You are a representative of a larger body of people. Your job is not to represent your own interests, or those of donors, or even those of the state employees. You represent us.

      This story has now hit the front pages of nearly every news syndicate, so your choice is very, very simple. If you do nothing, you will be voted out in your next term and justifiably demonized for the rest of your short political career. Or you can do something meaningful- show the people (and the pitiful grunts that work under you) that blatant abuse of power against your citizens is unacceptable.

    • Michael Tang MCLEAN, VA
      • 7 months ago

      Police officers should not misuse their rights. More and more of these incidents are happening with each passing day, and I feel that any officer who does not use their rights properly should be disciplined.

    • Alex Roberts KOKOMO, IN
      • 7 months ago

      That was overkill, brah


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