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Sober Man Gets DUI For ‘Looking Drunk’

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A sober man got a DUI this week because he “looked drunk.”

According to the Daily Mail, Jessie Thornton, 64, was pulled over this weekend in Surprise, Arizona for drunk driving. But Thornton wasn’t drunk. He took a breathalyzer test and registered a 0.000 blood alcohol level. Still, officers arrested the sober man for a DUI because they just knew that he was drunk.

Thornton said: “‘An officer walked up and he said ‘I can tell you’re driving DUI by looking in your eyes.’ I take my glasses off and he says, ‘You’ve got bloodshot eyes.’ I do the breathalyzer and it comes back zero, zero, zero.”

The 64-year-old man was then taken to the police station where he was examined by a DRE, drug recognition expert.

Thornton told ABC News: “After he did all the tests, he says, ‘I would never have arrested you, you show no signs of impairment.’ ”

Thornton wasn’t drinking that night but he still suffered the consequences of a DUI. His car was impounded and the Arizona MVD suspended his license and ordered that he take a drinking and driving class.

Thornton is now filing a claim against the city of Surprise for $50,000. The 64-year-old man said that the real reason why he was pulled over is that he was “driving while black.”

Thornton said: “It was driving while black. I just don’t want any of this to happen to somebody else.”

Here’s a video about the sober man who got a DUI in Arizona.

The DUI charges were recently dropped against Thornton but he is still seeking damages from the incident.

His attorney Marc Victor said: “This is a case of D-W-B, driving while black … This is not the way American citizens ought to be treated by officers or treated by anybody for that matter.”

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127 Responses to “Sober Man Gets DUI For ‘Looking Drunk’”

  1. William Richard Diehl

    Sue, sue, and sue some more. Sue these idiots jackbooted thugs out of existence.

  2. William Richard Diehl

    Sue, sue, and sue some more. Sue these idiots jackbooted thugs out of existence.

  3. Bobzilla Eugenius

    Driving while black is a serious offense in many states…. He should be lucky that he wasnt beaten and his life was still intact….

  4. Robert Cooksey

    Driving while black and even walking while black, can and do lead to serious consequences!

  5. Dee Harris

    The only thing is if he wins, the tax payers foot the bill not the Police Dept. or even the officer responsible for the arrest.

  6. Edmond Roney

    After the citizens of surprise have to pay the judgement that this man will will in court, ( through their taxes) they should demand the the police officers and or officers that arrested this man be fired.

  7. Jack Lynn

    this should not have happened but it is a joke people always have to bring race into ecverything.

  8. Jim Henderson

    Be advised….. The Suprise "Storm Troopers" are out there busting people for "LOOKING" drunk!

  9. Anonymous

    The cops would do this to anybody. It may have been motivated by race but quite possibly not. I know plenty of whites who have been harassed and even beaten by cops. Whatever the motivation I want to see the cops involved punished.

  10. Francesca Miano

    C'mon, it is SO obvious race was definitely a factor here. The guy wasn't drunk, yet got treated as though he was. When was the last time you heard of such a thing happening to someone from a certain other race?

  11. Francesca Miano

    Well, maybe they'll be pissed off enough to demand that racism such as this never occurs again.

  12. Francesca Miano

    Well, maybe they'll be pissed off enough to demand that racism such as this never occurs again.

  13. Francesca Miano

    Well, maybe they'll be pissed off enough to demand that racism such as this never occurs again.

  14. Bill Morris

    and what venue do you suggest? Surely you are not naive enough to think a fair trial is available by a county judge? He must prove actual cost incurred by damages for a award. The suit should be a civil rights violation to make it federal, remove local politics from the table.

  15. Frank Burden

    Maybe its a joke when you are white but from the black perspective who deal with his type of bigotry on some level on a daily basis it is not a joke. I have had my pregnant wife refused restroom privileges in the year 2000 in a backwater town in Oklahoma and I did not see it as a joke,

  16. Janice Knapp Pielert

    I think the "they just did it to me because I'm black" excuse is getting kind of old. I completely sympathize with this man's plight for improper arrest, etc., but I believe there must have been another reason he was stopped.

  17. Dave Bennett

    How dumb can some cops be. I repsect our police officers, the ones that do it right, but this was just dumb and further training is absolutely required here for the officer. The officer should be paying all fines, car impoundment & towing fees and a hefty settlement to this person. A Lesson would learned, use your head and be certain of what you are doing, not make dumb ass assumptions because the taxpayers don't like paying for your stupid mistakes, I hope this guy wins. You should see my eyes in the morning after a bad nights sleep.

  18. Bob Kay

    I understand that racism exists, however I can not tell the color of the officers by this article. Maybe they were black or Hispanic? No can't be only white people are racists.

  19. Cirric Fylenco

    I'm going to drink a toast, to the next African American who has a bad day on account of something a white person does, but DOESn't insist the reason for it was a race thing.

  20. Anonymous

    Please do some research on-line you would be so surprised how often non-whites (I am a White Male) are hassled by the police…Police do not handle the authority they have constanly

  21. Sam Garofalo

    I will win and I hope that the citizens of "Surprise" Surprise the officer with an investigation into subrogating him personally to repay any judgment against the City! As far as the rest of you, your just as bad blaming the whole state of Arizona for one obviously bad cop!

  22. John Dye

    This is called corruption. This month I was forced to pay Grand Rapids, MI $150.00 in parking tickets. I don't have a car or a driver's license and I do not go into Grand Rapids, MI for anything.

  23. Eddie Pearson

    Francesca, what we don't have it the cops story. Was he driving in and out of his lane? Were his eyes in fact at the time 'glossy'. I'm not going to say it wasn't a wrongful arrest either. I'll let the court listen to both parties and determine the out come.

  24. Porter Rockwell Woods

    This exact thing happened to me, but I'm white. Stop throwing in the race card, makes you sound like an ass clown.

  25. Porter Rockwell Woods

    This happened to me as well, and if you look at my picture im clearly white.

  26. Karen Keagle

    Honestly don't know if it is DWB, I was pulled over by a Broward Sheriff in Pompano Beach FL, after he claimed I was DUI. 3 breathalyzers at 000. I questioned his ability to be able to tell if a person is a drunk driver and that was it for me. He then took my camera when I tried to take pictures, stating he had already done it. Handcuffed me and brought me to jail. Never having had a police record at all, he should have given me the benefit of the doubt. But no, 17 hours later with no food, water or working toilet, riding around in a van I feared I would get killed in the way the sheriff was driving. and no phone call until I finally broke down with a caring nurse (12 hours later) I was honest with that cop too, told him I only took my prescriptions the way they are prescribed and he lied in his report and said I told him I had just taken them My glassy eyes were caused by my contacts- my speech is equally effected by my hearing loss and my dentures that are too big. Well, thousands of dollars later, after pleading no contest because I feared going back to Florida and trusting the lawyer, which I hired and he was no help, I now have PTSD. If I could find a Pro Bono lawyer I would do the same thing this man is. They need to learn they can not just keep doing this to honest citizens. My best advice to anyone would be, don't answer any questions until you have a lawyer, honestly does not work. I have written several emails to the Department of Internal to file complaints and after a year and 1/2 still no reply. I have decided to go the next step by getting the state of Florida involved. by the way it was 8AM in the morning when this happened as I was taking a ride to Walmart, less then a mile from my home. I think it may be DWO, driving while old.

  27. Jeff West

    DUI stands for Driving under Influence. This does not only mean alcohol, it also means medications and illegal drugs. A breathalyzer only checks for alcohol. I do not see anything in the article that indicates that he was tested for other substances.

  28. Champagne Murat

    Surprise, Surprise! Arizona is in the news again.

  29. Richard Moeller

    Cops need to be fired! and it's a money making racket for that town. Fed's need to investigate Surprise Surprise!

  30. Mark Trail

    I have nearly been arrested for DUI TWICE because I have really bad balance which caused me to fail the field sobriety test, I requested a breathalyzer which showed 0.0 and was released both times.

  31. Lucien Marquise

    Eddie Pearson But the point is, he was given a test and PASSED. Wasn't drinking. So the specific DUI charge is wrong. He should have been given an endangerment charge if he was "Swerving" or driving recklessly.

  32. Anonymous

    Cops do this to white people also…get over yourselves.

  33. Anonymous

    Cops do this to white people also…get over yourselves.

  34. Anonymous

    Cops do this to white people also…get over yourselves.

  35. Anonymous

    Cops do this to white people also…get over yourselves.

  36. Anonymous

    Cops do this to white people also…get over yourselves.

  37. Anonymous

    Cops do this to white people also…get over yourselves.

  38. Anonymous

    Cops do this to white people also…get over yourselves.

  39. Anonymous

    Cops do this to white people also…get over yourselves.

  40. Anonymous

    Cops do this to white people also…get over yourselves.

  41. Anonymous

    Cops do this to white people also…get over yourselves.

  42. Anonymous

    Cops do this to white people also…get over yourselves.

  43. Anonymous

    Cops do this to white people also…get over yourselves.

  44. Anonymous

    Cops do this to white people also…get over yourselves.

  45. Anonymous

    Cops do this to white people also…get over yourselves.

  46. Lucien Marquise

    So foul to do to an elderly man.Whether it was a race issue or not, cops are getting way out of hand and I don't know why so many people salute and applaud them. They do more harm than bring safety to our communities.

  47. Lucien Marquise

    So foul to do to an elderly man.Whether it was a race issue or not, cops are getting way out of hand and I don't know why so many people salute and applaud them. They do more harm than bring safety to our communities.

  48. Lucien Marquise

    So foul to do to an elderly man.Whether it was a race issue or not, cops are getting way out of hand and I don't know why so many people salute and applaud them. They do more harm than bring safety to our communities.

  49. Lucien Marquise

    So foul to do to an elderly man.Whether it was a race issue or not, cops are getting way out of hand and I don't know why so many people salute and applaud them. They do more harm than bring safety to our communities.

  50. Lucien Marquise

    So foul to do to an elderly man.Whether it was a race issue or not, cops are getting way out of hand and I don't know why so many people salute and applaud them. They do more harm than bring safety to our communities.

  51. Lucien Marquise

    So foul to do to an elderly man.Whether it was a race issue or not, cops are getting way out of hand and I don't know why so many people salute and applaud them. They do more harm than bring safety to our communities.

  52. Lucien Marquise

    So foul to do to an elderly man.Whether it was a race issue or not, cops are getting way out of hand and I don't know why so many people salute and applaud them. They do more harm than bring safety to our communities.

  53. Lucien Marquise

    So foul to do to an elderly man.Whether it was a race issue or not, cops are getting way out of hand and I don't know why so many people salute and applaud them. They do more harm than bring safety to our communities.

  54. Lucien Marquise

    So foul to do to an elderly man.Whether it was a race issue or not, cops are getting way out of hand and I don't know why so many people salute and applaud them. They do more harm than bring safety to our communities.

  55. Lucien Marquise

    So foul to do to an elderly man.Whether it was a race issue or not, cops are getting way out of hand and I don't know why so many people salute and applaud them. They do more harm than bring safety to our communities.

  56. Lucien Marquise

    So foul to do to an elderly man.Whether it was a race issue or not, cops are getting way out of hand and I don't know why so many people salute and applaud them. They do more harm than bring safety to our communities.

  57. Lucien Marquise

    So foul to do to an elderly man.Whether it was a race issue or not, cops are getting way out of hand and I don't know why so many people salute and applaud them. They do more harm than bring safety to our communities.

  58. Lucien Marquise

    So foul to do to an elderly man.Whether it was a race issue or not, cops are getting way out of hand and I don't know why so many people salute and applaud them. They do more harm than bring safety to our communities.

  59. Lucien Marquise

    So foul to do to an elderly man.Whether it was a race issue or not, cops are getting way out of hand and I don't know why so many people salute and applaud them. They do more harm than bring safety to our communities.

  60. John Graham

    I live in Arizona. there are a few racists here, but nothing like Ohio, or even Michigan. overall, most of the people here are pretty tolerant. why don't you do a little research before tarring the whole state? and btw, "person of color" is an antiquated term, no one uses it anymore.

  61. John Graham

    what in the story indicates racism? that he is black? sorry, but I don't buy it. maybe the cop was just looking to make an arrest. the point is, only the cop knows why he did what he did. if the driver was jewish, would this be an act of anti-Semitism? the cop was obviously wrong, and should be punished, but let's stop calling it racism until we know it is. not every bad thing that happens to a minority person is due to racism.

  62. Bruce Wd

    This guy is assuming it is because he is black. But it is as simple as this. DUI pays big bucks to the county and state. I live in Pennsylvania. THEY HUNT drunk drivers here. It is an easy arrest and the state gets thousands of dollars in fines. The cops keep a record of how many DUI's they get. It is like a sport to them. You can sexually assault a child and get less punishment than a guy drinking beer and driving a car.

  63. Edmund Brookins

    Only way I can justify the officers actions are if the man did seem impaired to them and they believed their breathalyzer to be broken. If it's not that I hope they do get fired.

  64. Richard Foster

    This happened to me will camping in a State Park in Somerset KY on Lake Cumberland The person I was with was diabetic and he sugar dropped and she asked if I would take her to town to find a store and get some candy or find a place she could get something to eat… It was about 3 am and as I was driving into Somerset I was pulled over by the Cops.. I was asked How much I had to drink the very first thing I told him I had had nothing to drink and that I need to get to town because the person I was with was having a diabetic problem.. The Cop Told me he didn't give a damn for me to get out of my truck Then he made me to the DUI aerobics Walking Point to my nose, counting etc:

    Then he gave me the Breath Test when I asked if his equipment was calibrated he asked if I would like to go to jail I said sure take me to jail and after the law suit I would own him his family and Somerset Ky…. He told me I could go.

    What really pissed me off is He never asked for my Drivers Lic or Insurance and after he was told that the person that was with me was Diabetic and was having problems he didn't offer any assistance what's so ever…. The only reason I was pulled over was I was driving an out of state Truck coming from the lake so I had to be drinking……. Me and the Chief of Police had a big talk at day light and the cop was called in and had is ass ripped apart in front of me and he was made to appoligize…. Plus the Fact I had a friend call the chief say he was my attorney and the Possible Law suit agains t his department.

  65. Steve Powder

    shocked…this is just another black man playing the RACE card…ONLY BLACKS DO THIS AND EXPECT PEOPLE TO…SHY AWAY AND APPOLOGIZE…SCREW THAT…IF YOU SCREW UP…GO TO JAIL.

  66. Anonymous

    Cops are as screwed in there ways as the government. tin badge trigger happy butt buddie hippo;s. hope they fire these donut freaks of society creeps.

  67. Richard Mabry

    I challenge anyone to show me (not tell me) a legal justification for the rogue cop's arrest of the innocent man.

  68. Steven Mark Tobin

    Make the police pay the lawsuit. Being immune makes them arrogant and abuses of power like this happen. SHAME.

  69. Anonymous

    same thing happened to my white brother….some day black people are going to have start taking responsibility for SOMETHING and stop saying this or that happend because I'm black….its just lazy…..but I guess that is why they love saying it so much.

  70. Curtis Andrew Hedrick

    Could it possibly be racily motivated..yes. But the signs of intoxication that they look for can be caused by countless other factors, the field sobriety tests operate on the assumption everyone can do certain actions unless drunk. I don't know anyone who can say the alphabet backwards from memory, I have inner issues as well and an injured knee..I couldn't walk a straight line to save my life.

  71. Mark Francis

    I am insulted by your comment on racist OHIO. How do t
    you know? You don't live here. I'll say the same thing as you do about Arizona. There are a few here. There are a few everywhere. Wow.

  72. Anonymous

    so black people are lazy because racism exists… Wow

  73. Phillip Link

    this is one time where I will agree with the race card, the officers should be fired an he should get the money, ( Iwould be asking fro atleast twice as much).

  74. Anonymous

    There's no question at all, this is a case that should be looked into by Federal authorities. It's clearly race-related.

  75. Michael Brown

    Get a good lawyer, and then take that county for all they have. False arrest. Violation of your civil liberties. And demand those who created this for you. ALLLLLLL BE FIRED. Profile at its best.

  76. Anonymous

    @ Mark Francis – Looks like those "few" racists have the political system out there tainted with those 'few' bad ones, SO then, choose to vote them out!! (What's the deal with 'Areezoner' btw?!)

  77. Anonymous

    I would add- that anyone who'd defy Dave's description as anything more as innocent sarcasm…. "Get a Grip!!"

  78. Chad Jackson

    Eddie Pearson, don't go bringing common sense and reason to the internet! There is no place for that here.

  79. Matt P Tonning III

    His lawyer should add a zero to the claim. 50K is chump change. 500K is a better message to the cop shop that they should install a better screening process before they hire ex-hall high-school monitors and serial bullies — give them a badge and gun and then have the nerve to call them peace officers..

  80. Matt P Tonning III

    I know how he feels I once got a speeding ticket for 54 MPH (via the radar) in a 55MPH zone because the cop, WSP Officer White, said he observed the front of my car dip down when I first observed his cruiser.
    The judge let the charge stand.
    WA State is broke and they need all the graft money they can gouge out of us.

  81. Chad Jackson

    Lucien Marquise DUI is not limited to just drinking. All sorts of things can cause impairment. What is missing from this story is the other side's story. Did he pass field sobriety test? All we have is his story and nothing screams racism if we look at the facts as presented in the story. And no, Mr. Thorton's statements are not fact

  82. Charles Song

    Instead of taking the money from taxpayers, these judgements should be taken out of the police pension fund. That will straighten out the dirty cops quick.

  83. Anonymous

    Why does everything have to be the result of racism? I'm not saying the cop was correct in arresting and charging him. But, even if wrong, it doesn't infer racism in my opinion.

  84. Anonymous

    Cops are obviously wrong quite often. It doesn't always have to be a race thing. I'm 37 now, but when I was 17, the cops showed up at a party that I was at. Myself and a friend of mine who were half drunk, were told by the cops that we were to make several trips to drive everyone home, while two other friends were told that they were too drunk to drive, when they were always our designated drivers because they NEVER drank or EVER did any drugs. I still remember to this day that they were told the same thing, that their eyes looked blood shot. Obviously, they were not carted off to jail or anything, and I feel bad for this gentleman for it going that far, but in my situation the cops were still wrong in their judgement of who was drinking and who was not. So obviously, our sober friends still drove us all home despite the cops, as we were in no shape to drive.

  85. Anonymous

    This just proves what I've been saying for years: there is no law in the USA. I even found out why: there are no more properly-formed juries in the USA. The prosecutors and judges (sociopaths working together) pick who sits on the jury, acquiring an affirmative answer from them that they will "apply the law as it is given to them." This answer was not required before the Fugitive Slave Law was passed, in 1850, about ten years before the Civil War. The same questioning that was created to return fugitive slaves back to slavery is the means by which prosecutors and judges eliminate good men and women of conscience from juries today. This is what allows them to enforce victimless crime laws that at least one (educated) person in twelve from the general public disagree with, on every jury. Since juries must be unanimous to convict, this used to mean that bad laws were unenforceable.

    What were the jury instructions after the unconstitutional questioning? (Jury instruction is called "voir dire" which misleadingly means "to see the truth.") In almost every state is was: "You, the citizens of the State of (State name) have a right to vote your conscience, even if your conscience be in direct disagreement with the law." However, after a bad Supreme Court case in 1895 (5-4 split, with a 75 page dissent), the jury instructions are now changed. Instead of instructions, the judge asks the jury "Can you agree to apply the law as I give it to you?" The mindless and uneducated juries full of government-school-graduates typically agree. If any of them are smart enough to see the contradiction in what the judge is asking of them, they are dismissed, and replaced with another conformist "rubber stamp."

    And this is 100% of why you grew up in an unfree country that lyingly claims to be free. Sucks, doesn't it?

  86. James Panzo

    American cops are the new Gestapo.They get a gun and a badge and think they can railroad innocent people with their false charges. This guy should get a lot more than $50,000 and the cop who arrested him should lose his job and be required to pay all court costs. This is why they want to take guns away from the people. Then they have no fear of the people and things like this would never get to court. You want to take guns from the people? Take them away from the "hero" cops first.

  87. Chuck McGilbery

    More bad coppers. They are thinking they are almighty. I lived in Signal Hill in Long Beach Ca. The Mayor lived there also. I have seen this with my own eyes. No blacks dared go through that town. One night they puled over three guys ask to look in the trunk outside my house. Then they went to there trunk pulled out a groccery sack full of weed and put it there's. These young men had just finished football practice and were headed home. All top notch kids with straight A's… Pfffttt… I did help clear there names although I had to move out of retaliation from them.

  88. Anonymous

    The police (at the behest of the politicians, who themselves work for the Federal Reserve, military-industrial complex, and prison-industrial complex) have created a subculture of black society. Of course, there is no law for anyone, but voting minorities have it the worst, because they cannot easily defend themselves with 51% of the vote. (Of course, they're not even trying to do so, right now, so that would be the first step.)

    Liberals and conservatives claim to care, but they lie. They buy enough votes from the black community through welfare to subject them to treatment as substandard citizens. Until the black areas of America wake up to the Libertarian Party, and their rights as jurors, they will be treated like nothing better than slaves. It's as simple as that. The Democrats and Republicans have made it clear: if you keep voting for them after they keep treating you like animals, you will continue to be treated like animals.

    If you want to apply the standard of civilization to yourself, you will need to withdraw your consent to being treated like animals. And this doesn't just go for blacks: it goes for all people who care about other human beings. If you keep voting against property rights, then the police will be able to selectively enforce the law.

    Another point of order: the people who call themselves liberals are not liberals, they are socialists. Liberal means "libertarian." We shouldn't have to pervert the language by saying "classical liberal" in order to get people to recognize that fact. All one needs to do to understand this is to read "Why I am not a conservative" by F. A. Hayek, which is free online in many places.

    Only when the poor and minorities are fully aware of their rights, in favor of their rights (capitalism), and of strategies against the police state, will they be treated as humans. This is because most politicians are sociopaths, and the system is based on the ability of sociopaths to steal our money and our freedom. That's the weakness of "unrestricted democracy." Democratic institutions are different: they are open elections (which we don't have) and proper random jury trials (which we also don't have). If we want to get those things back, we need to be smart enough to.
    1) Be fully aware of jury nullification of law, as the site "The Fully Informed Jury Association" teaches.
    2) Only vote for politicians who support jury nullification of law, and talk about it in public at great length: these are the politicians who care about justice.
    3) Hold your family and friends to this standard. Make it clear to your family that you will ostracize them if they do not support jury rights, do not get seated on juries when they are called, and do not nullify any bad laws. This is what the Northern abolitionists did to stop snitches from returning fugitive slaves back to the South, and what they did to stop enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Law itself. (Which pushed the North to abolish slavery, ultimately resulting in the Emancipation Proclamation.)

    All that is necessary to create a free America is point #1-3 prior. Rinse and repeat.

  89. Gail Moore

    Hope the officer finds another line of work – selling shoes, maybe. Definitely DWB – way too many a$$hat cops loose in this country.

  90. Jake Witmer

    That's what happens when slaves don't smile all the time and say "yes massah, no massah." This guy should get every penny, and I agree that he should have sued for more. If I was on the jury I'd give it to him. And if the taxpayers don't like it, to hell with 'em,…they should have voted Libertarian.

  91. Jake Witmer

    John Graham yeah, right. The entire nation's law enforcement is racist, as are the voters. Otherwise they'd stop voting for institutionalized racism of the drug war, the federal reserve, and gun prohibitions, which all together have destroyed the inner cities with selective enforcement and inflation, and allow the cops to be fairly sure they'll get a "hit" when they go warrant fishing, pulling black people over. Of course, most people are both stupid and dishonest, so it's hard to pin their beliefs down enough to even discuss the issues.

  92. Patricia Guerin

    That must be like losing friends because of a prior association with them no surprise.

  93. Patricia Guerin

    That is no surprise that must be like losing friends due to prior association.

  94. Dan Brownfield

    OK, I'm a cop. Let's just get that clear from the beginning. There is so much information MISSING from this story that you people are gratifyingly adding to prove your point, it is ridiculous.
    #1. For someone to exhibit the symptoms of driving under the influence does not guarantee he will register ALCOHOL on a breath test. So many factors can lead to a DUI other than drinking, ie prescription drugs, controlled dangerous substances of both legal and illegal forms, you get the idea. We don't hear anything of a blood test being requested by either party, only that the BREATH test was negative. That is actually a pretty narrow spectrum of testing for a substance that is making a driver unsafe. Perhaps a blood draw would have been in order? I would say if this guy is driving erratic and he's NOT registering on the breath instrument, then perhaps there is something else wrong. I(!) would want to find out what, if for nothing more to back up my arrest. Many of the roadside tests are not only designed to test your physical ability, but also your ability to follow directions and multi-task in a manner that most, normal, sober people would be able to do.
    #2. WHERE is the racism? We hear a man and his attorney, looking to score a large sum of money, playing on you, the listener's, sympathy. That's ALL we hear. No witnesses, no statement from the department, District attorney, or other officers. Just one side of it, people. The PLAINTIFF says the DRE said HE wouldn't have arrested the PLAINTIFF. Again, we're just hearing from the guy that got arrested. HIS opinion alone. Since when do we allow hearsay to be valid evidence? How do we know the arresting officer wasn't black, Asian, Native?
    #3. Why is there this certainty that the officer was acting maliciously? Could it be he just screwed up? We do that sometimes, ya know? We are people. We have good days, and bad days. If you are a receptionist, and someone does or says something stupid to you, that's awful. If someone does it to us, it's our job? Really? If your significant other was on your case before you came to work, and you are pretty grumpy, that's to be expected, right? But if a cop is short with you, he's a bootjacked thug or a serial bully? Some of you must think we are really something fantastic to think we don't succumb to the same issues you "normal" people do. Well ya know what? We ARE! Thousands upon thousands of US carry all manner of issues around inside us everyday, and yet you hear of a pretty insignificant per capita amount of wrong doings by officers.

    OK, so let's say our bad guy in this case was NOT under the influence of anything but maybe road fatigue or just plain bad driving. The DUI charges are dropped for lack of evidence. Let's get the tow charges and any incidental fees (bail bond?) taken care of by the municipality. Pay the man a REASONABLE amount of punitive damage for his time, let's say $20 per hour for each hour he was detained. (Pretty good wage if you ask me!) And maybe a public apology from the officer IF it can be proven he made a bad judgment call. But let's not make this a Federal issue, or call an entire nation of law enforcement officers thugs, or say Arizona is out to get the black man. Come on, folks, why are YOU sensationalizing the story? You are playing right into the media's hands.
    Oh! For the record, ALL of officers I know WANT you to be armed. That's right! Have you not seen the news stories where Sheriff after sheriff across this nation has said they will NOT honor the taking of your Second Amendment rights by the government? You see, we really do care about you and your safety. We know that our response time to your emergency may not be fast enough to stop an aggressor that is attacking you or your family. We think YOU ought to be responsible for YOU, too.
    OK, I'm climbing off my soapbox now. Let the flamewar begin…

  95. Eric Gould Sr.

    Ok yes he has every right to sue and hope he wins more then he is asking! But the automatic respect I had for this man went right out the window when the race card came out.Stupid people do stupid things meaning cops , but all bad things that happen to black people isn't only because their black. IT ALSO HAPPENS TO EVERY OTHER RACE TOO!