Panel reviewing Va. liquor agent powers to hold 1st meeting

Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A panel appointed by Virginia’s governor to examine the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Department’s law enforcement activities is set to conduct its first meeting. The 20-member review panel chaired by Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran convenes Monday afternoon at the state Capitol. Gov. Terry McAuliffe created 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.

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