The motorist was handcuffed and taken into custody. Thornton submitted to a Breathalyzer sobriety test and blew a 0.000 blood alcohol content (BAC).
Thornton was eventually free to go, but not before his car had been impounded and the Arizona MVD had been notified of the DUI charge.
Despite the seeming exoneration of the test, the suspect was charged with a DUI, an assessment that led Thorntons attorney to quip that the real crime was, D-W-B. Driving While Black.
Thornton told the localaffiliate that he has beenand issued four tickets since moving from Ohio to the retirement community of Surprise. This latest stop was the first time hed been taken to the Surprise lockup.
The arresting officer cited the retirees red eyes as grounds for the arrest. Thornton credits chemicals in the neighborhood L.A. Fitnesss lap pool for the redness, a theory in line with Surprise law enforcements resident DREdrug recognition expert.
According to Thornton: After he did all the tests, he says, I would never have arrested you; you show no signs of impairment.
A blood test that revealed no trace of alcohol or drugs validated this perception.
Thornton was eventually free to go, but not before his car had been impounded and the Arizona MVD had been notified of the DUI charge, which resulted in a notification that his drivers license was being suspended and he would be required to attend or something.
Rather than attend the drinking class, former firefighter filed a claim against the city of Surprise seeking $500,000.
The National Education Association, the , the , OneAmerica and the Racial Profiling Data Collection Resource Center of Northeastern University are among the many credible and able organizations working to heighten the awareness of and eradicate racial profiling from U.S. law-enforcement policy and practice.
Though harassed, inconvenienced and caused physical distress, Jessie Thornton can count himself among the luckier victims of racial profiling. He has the maturity and resources to fight back. His lawsuit is not about the money, he told ABC News: I just dont want any of this to happen to somebody else.
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