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Mints Believed To Be Crack Land Man In Jail (for three months)
WFTV ^ | August 19, 2009

Posted on 08/19/2009 8:53:20 PM PDT by ellery

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- A man is suing the Kissimmee Police Department for an arrest over mints. When officers pulled Donald May over for an expired tag, they thought the mints he was chewing were crack and arrested him.

May told Eyewitness News they wouldn't let him out of jail for three months until tests proved the so-called drugs were candy.

May said he was just minding his business, driving home from work, when a Kissimmee police officer pulled him over near 192.

"I don't know how it occurred," he said.

May was pulled over for an expired tag on his car. When the officer walked up to him, he noticed something white in May's mouth. May said it was breath mints, but the officer thought it was crack cocaine.

"He took them out of my mouth and put them in a baggy and locked me up [for] possession of cocaine and tampering with evidence," May explained.

The officer claimed he field-tested the evidence and it tested positive for drugs. The officer said he saw May buying drugs while he was stopped at an intersection. He also stated in his report May waived his Miranda rights and voluntarily admitted to buying drugs.

May said that never happened.

"My client never admitted he purchased crack cocaine. Why would he say that?" attorney Adam Sudbury said.

May was thrown in jail and was unable to bond out for three months. He didn't get out until he received a letter from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney's Office that test results showed no drugs were found.

"While I was sitting in jail I lost my apartment. I lost everything," he said.

While May was behind bars, the Kissimmee Police Department towed his car and auctioned it off. He lost his job and was evicted. Now May is suing the city for false arrest and false imprisonment. He wants to be compensated for the loss of his car and job.

May's attorney and the city of Kissimmee discussed a possible settlement last year, but failed to reach an agreement.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: badcopnodonut; cocaine; donttreadonme; donutwatch; gestapo; jackbootedthugs; jbt; jbts; leo; leofascism; lping; rapeofliberty; waronmints; wod
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1 posted on 08/19/2009 8:53:20 PM PDT by ellery
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To: bamahead

ping


2 posted on 08/19/2009 8:53:43 PM PDT by ellery (It's a free country.)
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To: ellery

Government Gone Wild.


3 posted on 08/19/2009 8:55:48 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (!!)
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To: ellery
Until the police do a better job of recruiting, training, and policing themselves I am going to presume they all belong in the dumbass category until they individually prove otherwise.
4 posted on 08/19/2009 8:57:10 PM PDT by Natural Law
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To: ellery

I hope this guy gets $100,000,000.00 and the cop goes to jail for 25 years in general population.


5 posted on 08/19/2009 8:59:29 PM PDT by SUSSA
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To: ellery

Compensated? He!!, they should give him the numbers to the Mega Lotto!


6 posted on 08/19/2009 9:01:28 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: ellery

in central florida he’s lucky he didn’t wind up w/65 slugs in him.


7 posted on 08/19/2009 9:02:15 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (this slope is getting slippereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee...)
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To: ellery
A man is suing the Kissimmee Police Department for an arrest over mints. When officers pulled Donald May over they thought the mints he was chewing were crack and arrested him. May told Eyewitness News they wouldn't let him out of jail for three months until tests proved the so-called drugs were candy.

Don't settle pal....Sue these government freaks till it hurts...

8 posted on 08/19/2009 9:03:09 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: ellery; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; ...
The officer claimed he field-tested the evidence and it tested positive for drugs. The officer said he saw May buying drugs... also stated in his report May waived his Miranda rights and voluntarily admitted to buying drugs.

May said that never happened...was thrown in jail for three months...until he received a letter from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney's Office that test results showed no drugs were found.




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9 posted on 08/19/2009 9:06:50 PM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: ellery

It’s pathetic that you are left hoping that the officer is really that dumb, instead of that corrupt.


10 posted on 08/19/2009 9:07:52 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (Boehner Baby!!!)
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To: ellery
"While I was sitting in jail I lost my apartment. I lost everything," he said. While May was behind bars, the Kissimmee Police Department towed his car and auctioned it off. He lost his job and was evicted

Give him the Mayors home, and the police chiefs salary for 60 years. Give the mayor and police chief Burger King applications, and tell them to get it.

11 posted on 08/19/2009 9:09:17 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: All

Note that they also seized and auctioned his car before he was even tried, much less convicted. Good thing he was only renting — I expect they would have auctioned off his house and everything in it, too.


12 posted on 08/19/2009 9:11:28 PM PDT by ellery (It's a free country.)
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To: SUSSA

Suing the city will just get passed on to the taxpayers. The cop and his superiors need to be personally sued.


13 posted on 08/19/2009 9:12:07 PM PDT by uptoolate (2010: When Americans Pass The 'No Congressman Left Behind Act')
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To: bamahead

I hope this man ends up owning Florida.


14 posted on 08/19/2009 9:18:54 PM PDT by murphE ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." - GK Chesterton)
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To: ellery

There is more to this story than meets the eye.

If I am being pulled over for anything, it is not the time to pop a few breath mints. Not unless I am covering up something on my breath I don’t want the officer to smell.

And, if I have just put one in my mouth prior to the stop, it is going to get swallowed, just as a normal part of being polite, long before the officer comes to my window.


15 posted on 08/19/2009 9:27:08 PM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: ellery

Where are all the “If you have nothing to hide what are you worried about” jerks now?


16 posted on 08/19/2009 9:30:23 PM PDT by Nik Naym (I remember when the United States was a free country. I feel old.)
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To: uptoolate
Suing the city will just get passed on to the taxpayers. The cop and his superiors need to be personally sued.

Bet me...

Here is what ya do.

Give this guy a 10 million dollar cash award, and then to pay for it, reduce the salaries of every single over paid government employee in the city, and as a bonus, fire the cop involved, and cut the police chiefs and mayors salary in half.

Do it!

17 posted on 08/19/2009 9:30:50 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: ellery; All
Do people really eat crack? Sounds unusual to me, but I've never seen a crack addict in action.
18 posted on 08/19/2009 9:33:30 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: CurlyDave

“Not unless I am covering up something on my breath I don’t want the officer to smell.”

Yep. That would be me too. Except I wouldn’t swallow it or spit it out, I keep it there to keep doing its job.

Oh, you see, I like a good cigar, and those things give you nasty breath. It is considered polite to keep breath mints handy for afterward.

This could have easily been me.

Cigars are still legal, right?


19 posted on 08/19/2009 9:33:52 PM PDT by Nik Naym (I remember when the United States was a free country. I feel old.)
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To: uptoolate

Agreed, the cop and everyone above him should lose everything they have, but if the taxpayers feel the heat they will start making sure this crap doesn’t happen again.


20 posted on 08/19/2009 9:37:05 PM PDT by SUSSA
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To: the invisib1e hand

Isn’t that the truth?!

The Lee County Sheriffs Dept (in sw Florida) is just as bad.

When I read the article, I immediately thought “I wonder if this happened in Lee County?”


21 posted on 08/19/2009 9:40:54 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

I didn’t realize Florida HAD a “SW”. NW, NE, and SE, yes, but SW?


22 posted on 08/19/2009 9:47:17 PM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: Still Thinking

Yep, Naples - Fort Myers - Port Charlotte are considered to be part of sw Florida.

Good GOP turnout in those areas too.


23 posted on 08/19/2009 9:57:13 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: ellery

Hope he sues their eyeballs out.


24 posted on 08/19/2009 10:06:38 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: ellery
A man is suing the Kissimmee Police Department for an arrest over mints.

If I were on the jury, any award not large enough to impact the chillldren of Kissimee would be too small.

Time for the drug wars to end.

25 posted on 08/19/2009 10:06:59 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: ellery
BTTT
26 posted on 08/19/2009 10:24:01 PM PDT by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: ellery

$lap the $hit out of the dumb-a$$ cop$, including ALL respon$ible for thi$ fia$co.

Make it hurt so much that they have to fire cops because they are short of money paying this guy off.

Where was the damn oversight on this one?


27 posted on 08/19/2009 10:34:29 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: SUSSA

The problem is not so much the cop -— all people make mistakes -— but the system that allows a mistake not only go uncorrected but amplifies it.


28 posted on 08/19/2009 10:42:51 PM PDT by TopQuark
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To: MplsSteve

Hey, in FLA, if it’s South, it ain’t West, and if it’s West, it ain’t South! ;-)


29 posted on 08/19/2009 11:10:09 PM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: TopQuark
The cop lied several times. That’s no mistake. That’s being a putrid piece of fecal matter. Loss of everything he has and 25 years in general population is far better than he deserves but I’m in a compassionate mood.
30 posted on 08/19/2009 11:21:08 PM PDT by SUSSA
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To: SUSSA
"I hope this guy gets $100,000,000.00 and the cop goes to jail for 25 years in general population."

You SO have the right idea, and I agree with you wholeheartedly! The poor man in the story finds himself in a terrible situation because of a jackass cop on a power trip. This type of abusive behavior on the part of law enforcement seems to be happening with more and more frequency these days. It's frightening!

31 posted on 08/20/2009 2:00:15 AM PDT by Mila
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To: ellery
Until cops can be personally sued for their actions, this crap won't end. Once a few cops lose their houses, we may see a change in attitute out there.
32 posted on 08/20/2009 3:56:50 AM PDT by southern rock
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To: ellery

If you are not guilty you have nothing to fear! /s


33 posted on 08/20/2009 4:47:54 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (Kenya? Kenya? Kenya just show us the birth certificate?)
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To: CurlyDave

I eat wintergreen lifesavers like...candy...so good chance I’d have one without even thinking about it.


34 posted on 08/20/2009 4:51:07 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (Kenya? Kenya? Kenya just show us the birth certificate?)
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To: CurlyDave
If I am being pulled over for anything, it is not the time to pop a few breath mints. Not unless I am covering up something on my breath I don’t want the officer to smell.

He already had them in his mouth when pulled over. That he was still chewing them is testimony to his lack of concern over having done anything wrong.

And, if I have just put one in my mouth prior to the stop, it is going to get swallowed, just as a normal part of being polite, long before the officer comes to my window

Perhaps he was trying to be polite and offer the officer a Mentos-FRESH breath.
35 posted on 08/20/2009 4:54:36 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: ellery
If this man's claim is true, obviously he should be very well compensated for his aggravation and the arresting officer should be fired and there should be drastic changes to the chain of command.

OTOH, there might be another side to this.

36 posted on 08/20/2009 6:05:49 AM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Jim Thompson!)
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To: bamahead

Liberty raped again. Thanks for the ping.


37 posted on 08/20/2009 6:09:11 AM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: ellery

I note that there is absolutely no evidence or allegation that the police shot or otherwise destroyed his dog.

So man up, Mr. May, and stop the whining already!

Count yourself lucky that you’re still alive.


38 posted on 08/20/2009 6:20:50 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: CurlyDave
If I am being pulled over for anything, it is not the time to pop a few breath mints. Not unless I am covering up something on my breath I don’t want the officer to smell.

If there are mints in the car, I'd eat them, especially if I were to get pulled over by the police. Nervous habit.

Maybe he had just eaten some particularly pungent food. Like garlic. Just good manners.

39 posted on 08/20/2009 6:24:21 AM PDT by madison10
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To: southern rock
Until cops can be personally sued for their actions, this crap won't end. Once a few cops lose their houses, we may see a change in attitute out there.

I agree. Far more frequent criminal prosecutions for their on-the-job actions would be good, too.

Even when this criminals in blue get fired, too often they just join another department and continue their crimes.

40 posted on 08/20/2009 7:30:28 AM PDT by ellery (It's a free country.)
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To: headsonpikes
I note that there is absolutely no evidence or allegation that the police shot or otherwise destroyed his dog. So man up, Mr. May, and stop the whining already! Count yourself lucky that you’re still alive.

I would laugh if there wasn't so much truth in your statement.

41 posted on 08/20/2009 7:32:45 AM PDT by ellery (It's a free country.)
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To: CurlyDave

-he wasn’t arrested for a duii.
-and it’s still legal to eat candy...even in front of an officer.


42 posted on 08/20/2009 7:42:14 AM PDT by FBD (My carbon footprint is bigger then yours)
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To: ellery

What if the cop was tellng the truth?

There is NO MENTION here of the guy being BLOOD TESTED for drugs

If I thought someone swallowed Crack Cocaine, I would be worried that tthe guy was going to OD for swallowing too much to avoid arrest

So, where is the blood test? Is there one?

Is this a part of the story?

The Mints would be useful for making your mouth water so you COULD swallow better...

Just Saying...99.9% of all cops aren’t going to just make stuff up


43 posted on 08/20/2009 8:00:39 AM PDT by RaceBannon (OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE IS SHOVEL READY...FOR SENIORS!!:: NObama. Not my president.)
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To: jan in Colorado

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44 posted on 08/20/2009 4:42:05 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: TopQuark
The problem is not so much the cop -— all people make mistakes

So you really believe the cop saw May buying drugs from an unnamed, unidentified, unknown "drug dealer". And May further cheerfully waived Miranda and admitted to buying drugs?

A cop lying on an arrest report is not a "mistake", it's corruption.

45 posted on 08/20/2009 6:14:41 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (War is fought by human beings. - Carl von Clausewitz in On War)
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To: Eagle Eye
I eat wintergreen lifesavers like...candy...so good chance I’d have one without even thinking about it.

At least Lifesavers™ look like candy on the original form.

Try to convince a dumb cop that Crown Mints™ are not crack.

46 posted on 08/20/2009 6:27:10 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (War is fought by human beings. - Carl von Clausewitz in On War)
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To: Oztrich Boy
I did not know the details, and that wasn't the point. A single terrible cop, whether malicious or inapt, is not so much of a problem as the system that does not correct for that. The man was in jail for nothing for three months -— as in some banana republic.
47 posted on 08/20/2009 8:05:15 PM PDT by TopQuark
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To: RaceBannon
Just Saying...99.9% of all cops aren’t going to just make stuff up

Sure they do. Most cops now look at society, and government as the enemy...Most LEOs look and their own county, city, state governments as corrupt entities, and they will do what is required for self preservation.

Can't really blame them. This is what happens when government at all levels becomes compromised and undermined by wide spread corruption.

48 posted on 08/20/2009 8:18:26 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: CurlyDave
If I am being pulled over for anything, it is not the time to pop a few breath mints.

Could you point out where in the article it stated he "popped" the mints in his mouth as the traffic stop commenced?

Thanks.

49 posted on 08/20/2009 8:21:41 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2
Could you point out where in the article it stated he "popped" the mints in his mouth as the traffic stop commenced?

Have you ever had a breath mint?

If you had, you would know that they usually dissolve in a about a minute in your mouth. Time one someday, with a real watch. A few crunches with your teeth and they are gone in seconds.

Every time I have been stopped for a traffic infraction, there is a wait long enough to dissolve a lot of mints while the cop checks the license plate before approaching the car.

It is just not feasible that he had the breath mints in his mouth before being pulled over. And, how many times have you ever put multiple breath mints in your mouth unless you were trying to cover up some breath problem?

50 posted on 08/20/2009 9:11:30 PM PDT by CurlyDave
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