Man gets payout after police mistake doughnut glaze for meth

Brandon Parsons
October 18, 2017

"I couldn't believe it", Rushing said, according to the Sentinel.

Mr. Rushing, a retiree from the Orlando Parks Department, said he had just dropped off a neighbor at the hospital for a chemotherapy session - something he did every Friday - and went to a 7-11 to pick up another elderly church friend to give her a ride home.

Rushing, 65, went on to sue the city of Orlando, and just received a check of $37,500 in the mail last week. He had been pulled over for a traffic violation when Corporal Shelby Riggs-Hopkin spotted a "rock-like substance" on the floor of his vehicle.

The 64-year-old told the Orlando Sentinel that even after he was clear of the charges, it was hard for him to move on, as the arrest was still visible on his records.

Police had been watching the area for drug activity, the Sentinel said.

She did two roadside tests and they came back positive for an illegal substance. He told the publication that no one was interested in hiring him as soon as they saw from his online records that he had been arrested. He was handcuffed, arrested, taken to the county jail, strip searched, and locked up for about 10 hours before being released on $2,500 bond. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins, was given a written reprimand. "I've never even smoked a cigarette before, let alone meth".

Orlando police ended up training more than 730 officers how to properly use the field-test kits.

All this mess started when police officers pulled over Rushing for failing to come to a complete stop.

Rushing still goes to Krispy Kreme on occasion to get a glazed doughnut, but no longer eats them in his auto.

He just doesn't eat it in his auto.

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