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Joint Statement in Martese Johnson Case

June 20, 2018

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Joint Statement in Martese Johnson Case

The terms of the agreement require that neither party discuss the case beyond the scope of the joint statement below:

The Parties and ABC have reached a mutually agreeable compromise and resolution of the lawsuit. In the Parties' and ABC’s view, the interests of justice and the long term interests of the community are best served, not through continued and protracted litigation, but by taking the events as an opportunity to educate the public and foster constructive dialogue between ordinary citizens, law enforcement officers, and public officials concerning police and citizen relationships in a diverse community. The Parties also desire to avoid the significant expenses, risks, and uncertainties associated with continued and protracted litigation. This agreement includes no admission of liability or wrongdoing by either party.




The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $2 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 371 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 18,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now marking its 84th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.


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