Hester Burkhalter, 69, was arrested in April 2019 just after Disney safety located a bottle of CBD oil when browsing her purse at a safety checkpoint. She has because filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney Planet, with her group of attorneys requesting to move the case out of the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orange County and move it to a greater court.
Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump is representing Burkhalter and filed the suit against the Orlando Police Division and the Orange County Sheriff’s Workplace. Crump is most notably recognized for representing the family members of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.
In the suit, Burkhalter is alleging assault and battery, false arrest and imprisonment and defamation and emotional distress, according to Crump’s law firm.
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She is requesting additional than $18 million in damages, plus added damages, for her husband and other family members members who have been vacationing at the theme park with her.
In the suit, Burkhalter says it was humiliating to be taken into custody outdoors of Disney in front of her young children and grandchildren, all of whom have been going to from North Carolina. She and her group of lawyers have requested to move her case out of Florida because she does not reside there and Walt Disney Planet is not headquartered in the location.
Burkhalter went on to state that she panicked when getting placed in the back of a police vehicle and started vomiting. She claims that she was denied healthcare consideration and subjected to a miserable 15-hour ordeal.
The grandmother added that she was additional humiliated simply because the officers allegedly created her strip down at the jail to be searched.
Disney does not let marijuana or marijuana-like substances on its properties. CBD oil is extracted from the flowers of marijuana plants, but it does not create a higher. Burkhalter mentioned she had a doctor’s note saying it was prescribed for her arthritis.
All charges against her have been dropped in Could.