Man Plans to Sue Fla. Officer Over Q-Tip Drug Test

The Orlando Police Department may soon face a lawsuit over a questionable drug test performed by an officer.


ORLANDO, Fla. --

The Orlando Police Department may soon face a lawsuit over a questionable drug test performed by an officer.

Adolph Hobbs said Officer Benjamin Stanaland used his bare hands and an ordinary Q-tip he bought at a drug store to get a DNA swab from Hobbs' mouth in January.

Stanaland said he had a hunch Hobbs had swallowed crack cocaine. The drug test came back negative.

Stanaland was initially suspended for 8 hours with pay for the incident, because he didn't have consent or probable cause for the search. But he appealed and got a written warning instead.

Now, Hobbs said he plans to sue.

"I haven't even received an apology from anyone. The officer, AI, or internal affairs, no one. No one. It almost seems like no one cares,” said Hobbs.

Hobbs complained to the police citizens review board on Wednesday, and Police Chief Paul Rooney personally apologized for his officer's behavior.

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