Screwball cop comedy inappropriate
What an article [July 2, "Terror at Harris Teeter: Indignation rises over ABC underage drinking op"].
What an unbelievable outrage. It sounds like some sort of cop-buddy-screw-up alleged comedy— was Will Farrell there?
Poor Elizabeth Daly and her friends— I hope they sue somebody. There was no excuse for how this went down— none.
First of all, these so-called officers should never have confronted three young women at their car, in a parking lot, after dark. The women acted in their best defense to what appeared to be a gang of threatening individuals. We've all heard the stories— parking lots, whether indoors or outdoors, are prime hunting grounds.
If these overzealous agents had handled this with any amount of basic common sense, they would have approached the young women in front of the Harris Teeter as they were exiting the store, before they got to their car. Did these people have someone inside the store monitoring potential underage purchasers of alcohol, or were they skulking around in the parking lot? Geez, a kid could figure out a better plan—the whole issue could have been resolved in about two minutes. Disgusting abuse of power.
Back to the young women. Charlottesville, once number one best city, is also home to a serial rapist, who went free for seven years or more— and who just happened to be employed at that very same Harris Teeter where this incident occurred. Furthermore, there is the terrible and unsolved case of Morgan Harrington, the murder of Yeardley Love, and who knows how many other attacks against young women around the University and other areas of Charlottesville. I can only imagine how I would have felt in the situation in which these young women found themselves.
It's about time the various policing authorities in this area clean up their assorted acts and start catching real criminals and stop terrorizing law-abiding citizens. Underage drinking has been an issue in this university town since forever. Yes, it needs to be dealt with, but not in the way it was done in this situation.
I sincerely hope these young women have excellent legal representation. They were unnecessarily traumatized. Perhaps a lawsuit will cause the authorities to rethink their knee-jerk reactions and poorly thought out 'stings.'