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Man Arrested For "DWB" Driving While Black
Jessie Thornton, arrested and given a breathalyzer. What’s even more shocking, his blood alcohol level measured 0.0. If you have been a victim of racial profiling by the police, contact the Law Office of Marc J. Victor...we police the police!
By: Marc J. Victor P.C.
Attorney Marc J. Victor and his client Jessie Thornton interviewed on the DWB "Driving While Black" arrest of Jessie Thornton an African American man from Surprise Arizona who was pulled over and arrested for DUI when he was not intoxicated or impaired to slightest amount.
Jessie Thornton has been harassed by the Surprise Police Department for years. The Law Firm of Marc J. Victor has filed a $500,000 law suit on Mr. Thornton's behalf. This is a case of racial profiling and Mr. Thornton wants this to stop and is making a stand.
SURPRISE, AZ – Jessie Thornton is 64, married, a retired firefighter, lives in Surprise, and booked for a DUI. It’s not the first time Jessie and Surprise officers met.
“I’ve been stopped 10 times in Surprise alone. I’ve been given four tickets.” said Jessie Thornton.
On this night Jessie spent a couple of hours in the pool at his gym, and while heading home, is pulled over.
“I took my glasses off. He says, ‘you’ve got bloodshot eyes.’ I said, ‘I’ve been swimming at LA Fitness.’ He said, ‘I think you’re DUI.’” “He goes, ‘Well we’re going to do sobriety test.’” said Jessie Thornton.
Jessie was swimming to loosen up his hip which was being replaced two days later. An ailment he says the- now- three officers didn’t buy.
“She looks at me and she says, ‘Why don’t you stop whining?’” said Jessie Thornton.
In the reports he gave me, it appeared he passed everything. Jessie is cuffed and taken to headquarters.
“I did a breathalyzer. It comes back zero, zero, zero.” said Jessie Thornton.
Which is confirmed in these police documents. Then a DRE or Drug Recognition Expert officer is called in. blood is drawn and more tests.
“After he did all the tests, he says, ‘I would never have arrested you. You show no signs of impairment.’”
And there in the departments own papers an officer further notes Jessie is not under the influence, and the blood results; all negative and charged with DUI, car impounded and MVD notified to suspend his license. Thornton and his attorney, Marc J. Victor don’t call it DUI.
“Driving while black.” said Marc J. Victor.
The charge was recently dropped and Marc J. Victor and his team are now eyeing a federal lawsuit and filed a notice of claim for $500,000.
“He’s being harassed for no reason other than the color of his skin. It’s frustrating that somebody has to go through this type of experience.”
Thornton’s daughter, who is in law enforcement, has filed a complaint as well.
“I don’t want anybody else to go through this.” said Jessie Thornton.
Jessie did have that scheduled hip replacement surgery a few days after the arrest.
If you have been a victim of racial profiling by the police, contact the Law Office of Marc J. Victor...we police the police!