DAMASCUS, MD — Police performed a violent raid on a birthday party based on a suspicion of ‘young looking people with beer,’ then dubiously confiscated guests’ cell phones when they were recorded.
HEBRON, KY — Police charged into a darkened field trying to arrest teenagers for consuming alcohol without government permission, killing a young woman in the process.
LOUISVILLE, KY — Police performed a surprise raid on a popular dive bar, detained dozens of people and forced them all to endure warrantless searches before being allowed to leave.
BLOOMINGTON, IN — State beverage cops showed up at a retirement community to demand that residents not be served alcoholic beverages, even while on private property that they call home.
TAMPA, FL — With the help of new technology and federal grant money, police are preparing to warrantlessly search people’s refreshments as they visit the beaches of Florida.
GALVESTON, TX — More than a dozen wedding guests were brutalized by police officers during a raid on a wedding party at a hotel. Cops fired tasers, used batons, and generously applied pepper spray to the guests of a bride and groom hours after their wedding. Among them was former pro-baseball star Brandon Backe, who said his shoulder injuries caused his pitching career to end.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — A trip grocery shopping for three young women was abruptly ended when a gang of seven unidentified men in threatened them in a parking lot with guns and tried to abduct them. The women successfully made a harrowing escape from the assailants, aimed a pistol at them and tried to break their windows as they screeched away, screamed in terror. When the women called 9-1-1, they discovered that the gang was actually a group of plainclothes beverage cops intent on inspecting the bottled water they had just purchased from the supermarket. The victims were then treated with malicious prosecution.
FAYETTEVILLE, NC — A man drinking canned iced tea in a parking lot was accosted by a plainclothes beverage cop who demanded to inspect his drink. He was placed in handcuffs and arrested. Even though the man was innocent and was only drinking tea, prosecutors are still trying to set him up with probation and community service.
America’s War on Alcohol infamously gave rise to organized crime, widespread violence, and rampant corruption — and that’s just speaking of the government. One forgotten aspect of the prohibition era was the government’s disturbing and deliberate efforts to poison people who broke the law.
GLENDALE, AZ — A day at the football game turned into a nightmare for a father and son, thanks to oppressive beverage laws and overzealous prohibition enforcers ready to use them.