Man arrested after police mistake candy for meth
A Brooklyn man is suing the NYPD after he was falsely arrested. Love Olatunjiojo was walking down the street with two of his friends when three police officers cuffed them for drug possession.
The officers charged the men with possession of a controlled substance believed to be methamphetamine, a mistake that could cost the department.
Turns out that neither Olatunjiojo or his friends had drugs on them, and the police mistook Jolly Rancher candy purchased from the convenience store as meth.
In his lawsuit, Olatunjiojo says he purchased the candies from a local candy shop in the city’s famed Coney Island neighborhood. The candies were still wrapped up when the officers stopped and searched the 25-year-old and his two unidentified buddies. Once the ’men in blue’ discovered the candies, Olatunjiojo and one of his friends were arrested for drug possession. The third man involved was detained for yelling at the officers, “It’s candy!”
Olatunjiojo spent 24 hours in a cell before he was released. According to a court complaint filed by the officers, they seized a “quantity of methamphetamine” that tested positive. Two days later a police lab’s results concluded that it was in fact candy.
The charges have been dropped, but Olatunjiojo feels humiliated and plans is suing the department for “emotional trauma” and “severe mental pain and anguish.”
Now, the man of African descent, who alleges that all he endured throughout the humiliating process of his false arrest is more than he can live with, has filed the lawsuit against the NYPD claiming “emotional trauma” and “severe mental pain and anguish.”
Well isn’t this unbelievable.
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