It is just right for law enforcers to have keen eyes so they can determine when a crime is happening. But they need to have a fair and good judgment too so they won’t send an innocent person behind bars for wrong accusations.
Such misfortune came to a man named Daniel Rushing who was arrested and strip-searched in 2015 for mistaking Krispy Kreme glaze flakes for meth. But his name was recently cleared of accusations and was awarded $37,500 in a settlement with the city of Orlando.
Daniel Rushing treats himself to a Krispy Kreme doughnut every other Wednesday and eats them in his car.
The 65-year-old was arrested in December 2015 when he had been pulled over for a traffic violation. However, Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkin, who was then the officer on duty, said she spotted a “rock-like substance” on Daniel’s car floor. The man argued that they were just flakes from the glaze of a Krispy Kreme doughnut that he ate beforehand, but Officer Riggs-Hopkin insisted otherwise.
A pair of Orlando police officers pulled Daniel over, spotted four tiny flakes of glaze on his floorboard and arrested him, saying they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine.
The arresting officer wrote in a report that she “recognized through my eleven years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer the substance to be some sort of narcotic.” Police then came to conduct roadside drug tests on the substance where two of the samples emerged positive for cocaine. However, the officers who performed the drug tests had “not been trained properly.”
Daniel was still arrested for the meth mix up, where he was “handcuffed, arrested, taken to the county jail and strip searched.” The retiree was reportedly held for about 10 hours before he was released by the police on a $2,500 bond.
Another test was done to corroborate Rushing’s story. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab analysis then revealed that the flakes did not contain any illicit substances, although Orlando police Sgt. Wanda Ford previously told that the test did not prove the substance was doughnut glaze either. The result led Officer Riggs-Hopkin to be reprimanded and she later resigned.
The city of Orlando paid $37,500 to Daniel to settle the case as he sued the city for the wrong accusation. However, reports reveal that Daniel initially petitioned only $15,000 in damages.
Daniel won and received hefty amount of money to compensate for the damages caused by the false accusation.
Daniel revealed that he had trouble finding work since he was falsely accused by the police officer of using meth. However, he still continues to indulge on Krispy Kreme doughnuts, only this time he sees to it he doesn’t eat it in his car.
85-Year-Old Grandma Spends Her Retirement Skydiving And Swimming With Sharks
She’s retired, but not from life.
After working for more than half their lives, many people dream of finally getting to relax when they retire. Golfing and gardening sound good. Sipping umbrella-topped drinks on a beach sounds even better.
In any case, a majority of seniors who sign out of the 9-to-5 grind look forward to many days spent in leisure enjoying themselves and their family. Having worked themselves into the ground for almost all their adulthood, they feel a restful retirement is more than fully deserved.
But not for 85-year-old Trish Wagstaff.
Man Sells Everything He Owns for Bitcoin, Now Travels The World With His Family
“Suddenly we just came up with the idea of let’s go for it – sell everything and put it all in bitcoin,” the man said.
We previously did a feature about Bitcoin and now we’ve got a story about a man who sold everything he had for it – and so far, it looks like the move has been pretty much worth it for him and his family.
Didi Taihuttu, who is 39 years old, believes in the concept of Bitcoin so much that he eventually decided to sell his house for 85 bitcoin (which is worth about US$395,000). He later moved his family into a wooden cottage in Venlo, Netherlands.
In an exclusive interview, Didi explained why he decided to take the big leap.
70 Funny Haunted House Reactions Caught On Secret Camera
Seriously, #16 knows how to handle scary stuff!
Remember the time when your parents told you stories about witches and ghosts? You were probably so afraid that you thought of a monster creeping from under your bed. When you grew older though, perhaps you began to get interested in haunted houses and stuff. Or, at least, you liked the idea of visiting one.
This is exactly what these people hoped for in the beginning. They wanted to experience the thrill of getting inside a haunted house. While some jumped in fear, others’ reaction just seemed a little too off. This is all thanks to Nightmares Fear Factory, a haunted house located in Niagara Falls, Canada and it's packed with secret cameras. They managed to immortalize a plethora of hilarious faces birthed by terror.
Some looked like their eyes were about to explode, while others used their loved ones as human-shield. Ironically, their faces made them look funny even in the brink of fear. Oh, you never know – you might be interested in giving this place a visit. After all, what is there to lose? ...