Soon after news broke of the controversial arrest of University of Virginia student Martese Johnson by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agents, Governor Terry McAuliffe wasted little time ordering Virginia State Police to investigate the incident.
During Thursday’s General Assembly, Gov. McAuliffe told reporters he expected a report back from VSP Secretary Colonel W. Steven Flaherty in “a week or two.”
“I think it’s important when you order an investigation that you wait for that investigation to be complete,” McAuliffe said.
Yesterday, McAuliffe took executive action in ordering the immediate retraining of all ABC law enforcement agents. He asked Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran to look at what the role of the ABC is and what the future is pertaining to law enforcement. He requested that Moran and his panel to do a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the localities.
“When you go into the University of Virginia, you should not have different policies than the Charlottesville Police or UVA,” McAuliffe said. “Today at UVA, if the UVA or Charlottesville police stop a young person who’s been drinking, they give them two options: one you get in a cab, two you get in the police car. Most people choose to get in the taxi cab.
“I want to make sure we’re all consistent and understand what we’re having to deal with.”
At the end of the day, it’s really working with the General Assembly (to see) what does the GA think of the of law enforcement powers of the ABC<” McAuliffe added. “This is a debate we’re all going to have as we move forward.”