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Black Man With 0.00 Blood Alcohol Level Arrested for DUI

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Since Edward Snowden revealed himself as the NSA data-mining whistleblower, let’s talk about our civil liberties shall we? I mean, now that civil liberties are on everyone’s mind, it would seem that today is probably the best day to talk about government over-reach. However, instead of me discussing Snowden who is now on the run from the Feds somewhere out in Hong Kong, let’s keep it domestic and a bit closer to home. Yes, let’s look at the story of how one black man was arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) while having a 0.00 blood alcohol level.

Now as I mentioned last week, I could give a rats ass whether he NSA is tracking my phone calls, or even reading this site for that matter. As I mentioned then, as a black man in America there are more threats to my life, liberty, and happiness than a government spy program. As a black man — like all black people — I’ve always assumed that the Feds were keeping tabs on us. Hell, I think it has been this way since we stepped off the slave ships. But until now, it has never been confirmed. What I do know though, is that a lot of black folk have been subjected to random searches, seizures, and in many cases arrests by police officers. And in most cases, the only probable cause they need is for one of us to be driving. Yes, Driving While Back (DWB) though not the law of the land, is very real. That said, the following is probably the worst case I’ve ever heard.

 

This from wxyz.com:

SURPRISE, AZ – Jessie Thornton sleeps during the day and runs errands and works out during the night.

“My wife, she’s an ER nurse and works three 12-hour shifts, so I adjusted my schedule to be like her schedule,” Thornton told our Phoenix sister station KNXV.

The 64-year-old retired firefighter moved to a retirement community in Surprise, Arizona from Ohio.

Jessie says his late hours have put him in the police spotlight.

“I’ve been stopped 10 times in Surprise and given four tickets, it’s amazing,” said Thornton.

His latest incident with Surprise police officers prompted Thornton to hire a lawyer with plans to sue the department.

Around 11 p.m. Thornton, according to Surprise Police Department paperwork, was pulled over for crossing the white line in his lane.

“He (the officer) walked up and he said ‘I can tell you’re driving DUI by looking in your eyes,'” said Thornton.

The 64-year-old says his eyes could have been red because he had just left LA Fitness where he was in the pool swimming.

“I take my glasses off and he says, ‘You’ve got bloodshot eyes.’ I said, ‘I’ve been swimming at LA Fitness,’ and he says, ‘I think you’re DUI,'” said Thornton. “He (the officer) goes, ‘Well we’re going to do a sobriety test.’ I said, ‘OK, but I got bad knees and a bad hip with surgery in two days.'”

Medical documents show Thornton was scheduled to have hip replacement surgery two days after the incident.

According to the police report, the officer notes that Thornton does have a hip and knee problem.

Thornton said two other officers arrived and he conducted the sobriety test.

“At one point, one of the officers shined the light in my eye and said, ‘Oh, sorry,’ and asked the other officer if he was doing it right,'” said Thornton.

black-man-with-0-00-blood-alcohol-level-arrested-for-duiThornton said he was then placed in handcuffs and told to sit on the curb.

“I couldn’t even sit on the ground like that and they knew it and I was like laying on the ground, then they put me in the back of an SUV and when I asked the officer to move her seat up ’cause my hip hurt she told me to stop whining,” said Thornton.

According to documents provided to ABC15 from the City of Surprise, Thornton was taken to police headquarters where he took a breathalyzer test.

The test, according to the police documents, came back with a blood alcohol level of 0.000.

“Yes, I do the breathalyzer and it comes back zero, zero, zero,” said Thornton.

While in custody, a “DRE” or drug recognition expert is called to test Thornton.

“After he did all the tests, he says, ‘I would never have arrested you, you show no signs of impairment,'” said Thornton.

The Surprise resident is right. The police documents show the drug recognition officer wrote, “I conducted an evaluation of Jessie, in my opinion Jessie was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”

According the documents from the Surprise Police Department, the blood analysis showed no drugs were detected in Thornton’s blood.

Jessie’s car had been impounded and the MVD notified of the DUI charge.

“I then get this message that my license is being suspended and I have to take some sort of drinking class or something,” said Thornton.

According to the police documents, Thornton was later released to his wife.

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Some of my liberal friends who happen to be white are raising hell today because Obama is infringing on their right to privacy. Never mind the fact that the Feds aren’t listening to any of our phone conversations. And, never mind that they still need a warrant signed by a federal judge so as to be able to do so. You know, because we’re still a country of laws. In spite of these facts, some of them are having a hard time accepting why I (a black man) am having a hard time feeling as outraged as they are. To that point, I wish my white liberal friends would be just as upset about racism and the blatant abuse of the civil liberties of people of color. You know, us less privileged folk here in the United States of America who go to jail for no reason (?). I’ll have more to say about Edward Snowden later today, so stay tuned. But until then, enjoy what privilege you have left.


 
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Published on: June 10, 2013

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  • http://theurbanpolitico.com/ Shady Grady

    I see it as all connected. Angela Davis said if they come for me in the morning they will come for you in the night. Government, particularly the law enforcement and intelligence portions of it has taken too much power.

     
    • http://rippdemup.com/ RiPPa

      And you’re correct – civil liberties are just that important. However, in this instance I don’t see data-mining as an overreach or an erosion of one’s civil liberties. It’s just my opinion but from all accounts, everything is being conducted within the framework of the law. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think a warrant is still required upon the establishment of reasonable suspicion, yes? To that point, Snowden hasn’t revealed anything that can be characterized as a criminal undertaking by the Feds.

       
      • http://theurbanpolitico.com/ Shady Grady

        Well Snowden was also claiming that content could be accessed in real time. That would go further than I realized. I’m no lawyer but it seems that if this were legal then we have even worse problems.