New York City ordered to pay for arresting men after mistaking Jolly Rancher candies for meth rocksBy Mason White 11:08 AM September 9, 2014
|IT’SUGAR candy store illustration|
By: Aarav Sen
Three men were arrested and later released after a police officer accused them of having meth rocks.
In the settlement of a civil rights lawsuit, the City of New York, was ordered to pay the three men of Brooklyn, a total of $33,000 in connection with their arrest.
The unfortunate incident took place when two men bought Jolly Rancher candies at the “It’Sugar” candy store in Coney Island.
Police officers approached 26-year-old Love Olatunjiojo, and Omar Ferriera, 23, and searched the two. Officers placed the men in handcuffs and arrested them for possessing meth rocks.
In the police report, the officers wrote that they conducted field tests on pieces of Jolly Rancher and it tested positive for methamphetamine.The red and blue candies were taken as evidence.
After the two were arrested, their friend, Jimmy Santos, 27, who was nearby, protested their arrest and explained that the two had just bought the candy.
Rather than listening to the man and investigating the claim, officer arrested him as well in front of his 3-year-old daughter. He was charged with obstruction and resisting arrest.
The city later admitted to the plaintiffs’ attorney, Kenneth Smith, that no field test was carried out.
The three men were held for 24 hours before an NYPD lab determined that Jolly Ranchers were not made of crystal meth.
Now, the men won their lawsuit for being falsely arrested, and will be paid $33,000.