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The city of Orlando has offered to settle the lawsuit filed against it by a man who was arrested by a city cop when she mistook doughnut glaze for meth.Daniel Rushing was jailed Dec. 11, 2015, after Cpl. Shelby Riggs Hopkins spotted small white crumbs...

Settlement talks in Orlando doughnut glaze case that led to false arrest

The city of Orlando has offered to settle the lawsuit filed against it by a man who was arrested by a city cop when she mistook doughnut glaze for meth.Daniel Rushing was jailed Dec. 11, 2015, after Cpl. Shelby Riggs Hopkins spotted small white crumbs...

Settlement talks in Orlando doughnut glaze case that led to false arrest

The city of Orlando has offered to settle the lawsuit filed against it by a man who was arrested by a city cop when she mistook doughnut glaze for meth.

Daniel Rushing was jailed Dec. 11, 2015, after Cpl. Shelby Riggs Hopkins spotted small white crumbs of Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze on the floor of his car, tested it and concluded it was either amphetamine or methamphetamine.

A state crime lab later confirmed that it was not an illegal substance.

The city made a written settlement offer two weeks ago, according to court records. Martha Lee Lombardy, the lawyer representing the city, would not comment on Tuesday, but Rushing has said the city earlier offered him $20,000.

He filed suit against the city and Safariland LLC., the Jacksonville company that manufactured the road-side test kit that Riggs Hopkins used.

At a hearing in Orlando Tuesday, Circuit Judge Keith White granted Safariland’s motion to dismiss a portion of the suit. Rushing’s attorney, William Ruffier, alleged that his client was the victim of a defective product – the Safariland kit that Riggs Hopkins used. It is sold under the brand name NIK. 

Safariland attorney George Brock Magruder III  argued, “This isn’t a standard product liability case.”

The judge agreed and ruled that Rushing suffered no physical injury so he tossed out that count. He also ruled that Ruffier may reframe that claim and file it again, something Ruffier said he would do.

The count against the city remains.

The Orlando Police Department conducted an internal affairs investigation and concluded that Riggs Hopkins had never been formally trained on how to use Safariland’s kits, and neither had anyone else in the agency.

Chief John Mina in September ordered mandatory training on how to use the kit for every sworn officer with the agency.

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Sobon’s roommate told police he came home and Sobon started punching him without provocation, according to the report. The roommate eventually fell down and Sobon started kicking him in the face and head, the report states.

Sobon’s roommate told police he came home and Sobon started punching him without provocation, according to the report. The roommate eventually fell down and Sobon started kicking him in the face and head, the report states.

Sobon’s roommate told police he came home and Sobon started punching him without provocation, according to the report. The roommate eventually fell down and Sobon started kicking him in the face and head, the report states.

Sobon’s roommate told police he came home and Sobon started punching him without provocation, according to the report. The roommate eventually fell down and Sobon started kicking him in the face and head, the report states.

Police said the man stopped his car on the Eau Gallie Causeway about 3 p.m. in the middle of a rain storm, got out and stripped naked, according to the report.

Police said the man stopped his car on the Eau Gallie Causeway about 3 p.m. in the middle of a rain storm, got out and stripped naked, according to the report.

After a 911 call reported a suspicious suitcase at the shopping plaza at Colonial and Bumby, Orlando Police and the Fire Department Bomb & Arson Unit responded.

After a 911 call reported a suspicious suitcase at the shopping plaza at Colonial and Bumby, Orlando Police and the Fire Department Bomb & Arson Unit responded.

A violent domestic disturbance Saturday afternoon in a home near Daytona Beach sent one woman to the hospital with a gunshot wound and left her attacker dead of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. The shooter also shot and killed a family dog that intervened in the incident.

 

A violent domestic disturbance Saturday afternoon in a home near Daytona Beach sent one woman to the hospital with a gunshot wound and left her attacker dead of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. The shooter also shot and killed a family dog that intervened in the incident.

 

Orlando Police Chief John Mina holds a press conference about and officer-involved shooting at the Wal-Mart where Lt. Debra Clayton was killed.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina holds a press conference about and officer-involved shooting at the Wal-Mart where Lt. Debra Clayton was killed.

 

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