Man Awarded $37.5K After Police Mistook Doughnut Glaze for Meth


Rushing was taken to jail in 2015 by Cpl. But those offenses seem to have been pretexts. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins used a drug field test kit. At that point Riggs-Hopkins "observed in plain view a rock-like substance on the floor board where his feet were". Earlier reports said Rushing had sought $15,000 in damages. Rushing told officers it was likely sugar from Krispy Kreme doughnuts he'd eaten, but roadside drug tests were positive for the illegal substance.

Now, Rushing told the Sentinel, he still treats himself to a Krispy Kreme doughnut once a week, but no longer eats in his vehicle.

Adding insult to injury, Rushing was accused of possessing meth "with a weapon" (his legally carried handgun), which made a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, into a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Riggs-Hopkins arrested Rushing and took him into custody on the charge of possession of methamphetamine with a firearm.

Weeks later, a state crime lab cleared Rushing of the drug allegations and charges against him were dropped.

Rushing sued the city of Orlando over the two false positives (which do call into serious doubt the reliability of such tests, since sugary glaze-while perhaps promoting some degree of hyperactivity-is a far cry from cocaine). The Orlando Police Department (OPD) initially defended the arrest.

In Riggs-Hopkins arrest report, she wrote he noticed a "rock like substance" on the floorboard of Rushing's auto and, through several years of experience in law enforcement recognized the substance as some sort of narcotic.