The incident happened in 2015, when the police officers arrested Rushing for speeding out of a 7-Eleven that they were paying close attention to due to several complaints of drug-related activity.
A Florida man received a $37,500 settlement after police arrested him, mistaking Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze in his vehicle for meth. Shelby Riggs-Hopkin spotted a "rock-like substance" on the floor of his vehicle. Law enforcement had spotted four small flakes of glaze on his floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine.
Rushing told the Orlando Sentinel at the time that he was "handcuffed, arrested, taken to the county jail and strip searched".
Riggs-Hopkins resigned a week later after being reprimanded. Riggs-Hopkins arrested Rushing and took him into custody on the charge of possession of methamphetamine with a firearm. The Sentinel reported in February that she left the police department on January 22, about a week after she was given a written reprimand for making a false arrest.
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Rushing said he was pleased with the outcome and hopes he can get his record expunged.
Rushing, who sued the field test manufacturer along with the department and city, said officer Riggs-Hopkins should have waited for the FDLE tested the substance before she arrested him. "People go online and see that you've been arrested". "Data from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab system show that 21 percent of evidence that the police listed as methamphetamine after identifying it was not methamphetamine, and half of those false positives were not any kind of illegal drug at all".
Rushing, who retired after 25 years with the City of Orlando Parks Department, said he still goes to Krispy Kreme to get a glazed doughnutevery other Wednesday. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins used a drug field test kit.
He just doesn't eat it in his auto.