Love Olatunjiojo was walking with two friends along a Brooklyn street in late June when three New York City policemen descended upon them. The officers suspected drug possession and conducted a search of the men and found what they thought was methamphetamine, so they cuffed them and hauled them off to jail. The only problem with this scenario is that the men are only guilty of harboring Jolly Rancher hard candies! According to The Smoking Gun, Olatunjiojo has now issued a lawsuit against New York’s finest.
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 was charged with drug possession and spent 24 hours in a cell before he was released on his own recognizance.
According to the criminal court complaint, the officers stated they seized a “quantity of methamphetamine” that field tested positive for the psychostimulant. Two days later, a police lab tested the alleged drugs and concluded that they were nothing but mere candy.
Even though a lab clearly stated that Olatunjiojo’s property was not a controlled substance, the narcotics counts against him did not budge and remained until a September 19 court hearing, when a prosecutor motioned to do away with the charges. Olatunjiojo’s friends also subsequently had the charges against them dropped as well.
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.”
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (6/18-6/24)
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1. Me & the homie @jaleelwhite #RujohnFoundation Happy to be in Jamaica! Good times
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5. Good Morning. Early day in Detroit! Making press rounds for @thebossnetwork's Ladies That Lead Tour. Thank you @traycemadre and @colourbynumbr for my glam.
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6. POWER the best show on TV @djenvy, Queens we so big out here. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO
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7. They said u lost a step, wasn't explosive as once was, the best days was in the real view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don't have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won't work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won't work, love your teammates to much, there's no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc.... But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir
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8. Oooooh weeee this man right here is responsible for at least three of our four babies!! #JOE ❤❤❤🎤 #rnb #king #voicelikebutter #ForPeetesSake
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9. Hanging with my @abcnetwork family! @abcunclebuck tonite y'all check us out ! @anthonyanderson @traceeellisross
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10. My broski ( @sayeedshahidi ) and I are on Top 5 Live on @go90 at 5 (which is super duper close)! Make sure to tune in :) #UncleBuck #Blackish
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11. Lights out💤 #GoodNight
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12. Late nights mornings
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13. Ran into the lovely talented @siedahgarrett on this brutiful favvuz deh!
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14. #halal #love #thedargans #kattwilliamsSHOW #mashallah when that Jennah piece HIT!! @sweetjennahcollection glasses by @baddieglamaccessories LIZ 😍 @dynamiteko top @dazzledmv and jeans @thevision414 and shoes: @louboutinworld
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15. Big Hair and Optical Illusions #OceanDrive #MiamiLiving #coverparty
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16. MAMA and THE SAVAGES ... ⚓️ #supportyourlocalgirlgang
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17. From the bottom of my ❤️, thank you new followers & old! & hello fellow night owls! #grateful #racheltrue #naturalhair #curlyhair #curlygirl #healthyhair
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18. I feel so grateful because I met these amazing young minds, visiting from Houston TX, during their college tour stop today at #usc.These students are ALL extraordinary and embody academic excellence so I'm humbled to have shared a few moments with them to applaud and celebrate their bright futures ahead! Thank you @EmergeFellows for inviting me to speak and blessing me with your love and attention this afternoon!
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19. Happy Fathers Day Pops. U taught me how to be a man. Lessons of love, hard work & gratefulness. Sorry the fishing didn't stick. LOL. I Love U!
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20. Sky Zone and Ice Cream! Best Fathers Day Ever!! Photo credit @mariahcarey
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21. Look what finally came in the mail 😎 #mtvmovieawards2016 💥+🌽! #straightouttacompton
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22. Claudia Jordan: ....
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23. 'Member that time I almost knocked a bajillion dollar camera off the car? Really? Yeah, me neither! #Greenleaf Episode 2 comin atcha!
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24. Full of love. #birthday #Cabo
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25. Oh hey! Look who just joined Snapchat
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