Jessie Thornton getting support for case against Surprise police

SURPRISE, AZ - The man who says he was stopped in Surprise for "driving black" now says he's getting support from people around the world.

Jessie Thornton mentioned his supporters in an internet radio show while being interviewed by Valley attorney Marc Victor, who is representing Thornton against the City of Surprise.

The 64-year-old former firefighter was cited in a Dec. 7 traffic stop, but the misdemeanor drunken driving charge was dismissed nearly two months later after a blood test revealed no signs of mind-altering drugs in his body.

Thornton, who is black, filed a $500,000 notice of claim against the city in late April, alleging he is the victim of racial profiling and harassment by Surprise police.

Thornton said that was the 10th time he has been pulled over.

"I am a citizen of Surprise and I deserve to be treated like everyone else," he said.

There is a support rally for Thornton in the works but those details have not been released yet.

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