Man awarded $37K after cops mistake donut glaze for meth

Ebony Scott
October 18, 2017

A man arrested after police in Florida mistook doughnut crumbs for meth got a check for over $37,000 from the city of Orlando last week. It took the police several weeks to discover that it wasn't illegal methamphetamine that the officer found; it was the remains of a Krispy Cream doughnut, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].

"I couldn't believe it", he said of his arrest. The Orlando Police thought that this substance was meth, and arrested Rushing. Even so, his arrest derailed his plans to open up a security business. A subsequent test performed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement determined it was sugar from a Krispy Kreme doughnut.

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.

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

"I haven't been able to work", Rushing said. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins, an 8-year department veteran, who was investigating complaints of drug activity. He worked alongside the police as a parks department employee for more than 25 years, and his brother is a former Orlando policeman.He said the issue is that the department keeps using the roadside kits, despite well-documented problems with using them."These kits give a false positive 1 out of every 5 times", he said. "I've never even smoked a cigarette before, let alone meth".

Rushing still goes to Krispy Kreme on occasion to get a glazed doughnut, but no longer eats them in his vehicle. "He just doesn't eat it in his auto", the paper notes.

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