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Body camera video shows grandmother being arrested for CBD oil possession at Disney


ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) — Body-camera video released Tuesday by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office shows deputies arresting a grandmother who had CBD oil in her purse.

Hester Burkhalter, 69, was arrested April 15 at a Disney World checkpoint when an Orange County deputy found CBD oil in her purse.

Burkhalter, who said she began using CBD oil for her arthritis, can be seen noticeably limping in one clip and asked for help getting into the deputy’s patrol car.

“Push my leg up please. There. Thank you,” Burkhalter said.

Video shows Burkhalter being handcuffed and then placed into the backseat of a patrol car before being allowed to sit in the front after complaining about suffering a panic attack.

Also released Tuesday is video of a deputy and Disney security standing around the checkpoint at the Magic Kingdom where Burkhalter and her family tried to enter the park hours earlier.

Security found her vial marked CBD peppermint oil and then tested it.

Deputy Vincent Lebron wrote in his report that the CBD, which is typically made from hemp with no THC, tested positive for marijuana.

The deputy, who was working off-duty for Disney at the time, charged Hester possession of hashish and she was taken to jail.

She then spent 12 hours behind bars before being released on a $2,000 bond.

Following the state attorney’s decision to drop the charge, Burkhalter hired attorney Ben Crump, and announced last week that she intended to sue Disney and the Sheriff’s Office.

“He was very mean, he was cruel,” Burkhalter said of the arresting deputy during a news conference.

“Horrific treatment that they placed upon this church-going, law-abiding grandmother,” Crump said.

The deputy who drove Burkhalter to jail is seen cleaning off the front seat before helping her into the patrol car.

“You know, I had some CBC oil. You know, got it in North Carolina, and I had no idea,” Burkhalter said to the deputy on the way to jail.

On the way to the jail, Burkhalter seemed calm and the deputy sounded polite and once at the jail asked Burkhalter what she needed.

Regardless of how it looked, Hester said she was humiliated, her dream family vacation was ruined, and claims that she was unjustly accused.

The sheriff’s office said the arrest was lawful. Disney said the incident was a law enforcement matter.

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