Former Stuttgart Police Officer and Cotton Plant’s Chief of Police, Seneca Thornton, was named the 2020 Man of the Year by the Stuttgart Civil/Human Rights Party on Thursday, February 20.
Robert Chambers, CEO and Founder of the organization stated selecting Chief Thornton was a no brainer.
“Mr. Thornton has served the community of Stuttgart, with distinction,” said Chambers. “As a police officer for Stuttgart, officer Thornton was a fair officer who treated the citizens he encountered with dignity and respect.”
Stuttgart’s Mayor David Earney and Stuttgart Civil/ Human Rights Party Executive Vice President Charles Smith joined Chambers in presenting Chief Thornton with his award at KWAK radio.
Chambers reflects on the service rendered by Thornton during his tenure with the Stuttgart Police Department.
“I remember a subject who was wanted for murder called the Stuttgart Police Department and asked to have Officer Thornton meet him so he could turn himself in,” said Chambers. “This speaks to the character of Chief Thornton.”
Thornton, who has over a decade of law enforcement experience, was also a volunteer police officer for the city of Humphrey in 2016. He was injured after he was struck by a car during a traffic stop.
“In 2018 we had a high-speed chase come through Stuttgart, endangering the lives of its citizens and needless to say, Officer Thornton apprehended the suspect,” said Chambers. “There are countless other good deeds I personally know about Chief Thornton. Unfortunately, we don’t have the time.”