Gov. McAuliffe announces appointments to ABC review panel

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced the appointments to a 20-member panel that will review the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Department’s law enforcement activities.

McAuliffe directed his public safety secretary, Brian Moran, to assemble the panel after a public uproar over an ABC agent’s arrest of a University of Virginia student last month. The student, Martese Johnson, needed 10 stitches to close a gash on his head. Photos and video of the arrest were widely distributed on social media.

Along with establishing the review panel, McAuliffe ordered a state police investigation and retraining of ABC agents.

Moran will chair the panel, which includes law enforcement officials, lawmakers, ABC officials, alcohol safety activists and others. Its first meeting is set for May 4 in Richmond.

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