Virginia Jails People for Even Smelling Like Alcohol
By M. L. Nestel 03.16.16 4:01 AM ET
A class-action lawsuit accuses cops and prosecutors of locking up people as ‘habitual drunkards’ after placing them on a secret blacklist that bans them from booze.
Richard Starnes has been thrown in jail just for smelling like alcohol.
Every time Roanoke, Virginia, cops drive by they ask him, “You drinking?”
Starnes said usually the answer is yes, but there have been times when he’s sober and police lock him up anyway.