Hester Burkhalter is a North Carolina great-grandmother who was arrested outside for having CBD oil in her bag at the Disney park. She was visiting Disney with her two adopted children, according to the Orlando Police Department, and Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
The 69-year-old is suing the happiest place on earth, Disney, with the help of a well-known attorney.
According to TMZ, civil rights attorney Ben Crump just filed a lawsuit against Disney, the Orlando Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on behalf of Burkhalter.
Hester Burkhalter Arrested at Disney Park
Burkhalter was allegedly arrested at a security checkpoint on April 15, 2019, for the oil, which was for medicinal purposes for her arthritis and did not contain THC.
The great-grandmother claimed to have been traumatized by the arrest where she was handcuffed In front of her eight-year-old and 10-year-old children, taken to jail, and forced to strip for a cavity search.
She also had a panic attack and vomited while being taken into custody.
“It was the most humiliating day of my life”, Burkhalter said Wednesday.
The arrest was recorded on bodycam footage by Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Hester Burkhalter’s Arrest Reports
Burkhalter was arrested for the possession of hashish and trespassed from Disney property.
Because she has arthritis, her doctor told her to try the oil because it would help.
Burkhalter said she has arthritis and her doctor told her to try the oil because it would help. And when asked if her substance contained THC, Burkhalter said she didn’t know, although the bottle read 0 percent THC.
An Orange County deputy tested the bottle of her oil twice using a marijuana presumptive drug test kit and got a first negative result than a positive result for the presence of THC, according to CNN.
They have asked Disney for an apology, according to the complaint.
Hester Burkhalter Suing Disney World
Burkhalter is now seeking more than $18million in damages citing assault and battery, false arrest, imprisonment, and emotional distress among other claims.
The suit requests $6million in compensatory damages and $12million in punitive damages for Burkhalter, as well as millions of additional dollars for her family, according to the July 29 complaint.
The new lawsuit was announced Wednesday by prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who also represents the cases of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, against Disney, the Orlando Police Department, and Orange County Sheriff’s Department on behalf of Burkhalter.