culture | 01.29.2020

This Might Just Be The Best Cop Blunder Of The Year

Another day, another cop blunder. Nothing quite like having 11 years experience working with drugs and then mistaking meth for something else.

An Orlando resident was taken into custody in December as a result in one of the funniest police errors this year. Even with 11 years in the police force, Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins managed to come to the conclusion that the glaze from a Krispy Kreme donut was in fact, crystal meth. Even though 64-year-old Daniel Rushing was cleared of any wrongdoing in the weeks that followed, we still thought we should share this comedic incident. 

A series of hilarious events

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After Daniel Rushing left his local 7-Eleven in Orlando, he was pulled over by Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins for failing to come to complete stop before leaving the parking lot and speeding. Knowing that he broke the law, Rushing was simply expecting either a firm warning or a ticket.

Rushing notified the officer that he had a license to carry a concealed weapon and that is when things got strange. He exited the vehicle as per the Corporal’s request, and the officer noticed “a rock-like substance on the floorboard where his feet were.”

I recognized through my eleven years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer the substance to be some sort of narcotic.

After searching the entire car, the officers found three more of the “suspicious” glazes and started to make conclusions.

 I kept telling them, ‘That’s … glaze from a doughnut. … They tried to say it was crack cocaine at first, then they said, ‘No, it’s meth, crystal meth. – Rushing

False positive for meth

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This part of the story makes every part of my body cringe. I’m talking about complete and utter law enforcement incompetence. The officers went to prove their theory of the sugary glaze being methamphetamine and conducted a roadside drug test. The test came back as positive for illegal substances.

Yes, that’s right, the officers had discovered how to make a mixture of sugar and flavorings test positive for methamphetamine. Rushing will be hiring an attorney to make sure that the officers don’t pull this sort of stunt in the future.

Why the officers didn’t simply smell the glaze to confirm its origin is incomprehensible to me, and certainly makes me concerned about the officer’s judgment. But let’s remember that police officers are still only human, and we don’t know what could have been going through the Corporals mind at the time.

We should also recognize all the wonderful work that law enforcement do on a daily basis that never gets to see the light of day. Just because a funny mistake made headlines, doesn’t mean you should change your opinion on your local police force. 99% of police should treat you with respect if you do the same, and a smile never hurt anyone!

What sort of punishment do you think would be appropriate for the officers that wanted to charge Rushing? Let us know on social media or in the comments below!

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