White Cop Who Shot Unarmed White Driver Convicted of Manslaughter (Graphic Video)

CHARGES WERE FILED AFTER THE DRIVER DIED.

If driver Andrew Thomas had been black, the Black Lives Matter protesters would have made the case a national controversy. As it is, prosecutors did ultimately bring charges against Officer Patrick Feaster after the voices of those appalled by the above dashcam video were heard. Feaster will do six months in jail for killing Thomas, who was white.

NOLA.com

As Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster approached the smoking, overturned truck that he had been chasing in Northern California, a dazed Andrew Thomas started to climb out of the driver’s side window.

Thomas’s head and shoulders cleared the vehicle, and Feaster unholstered the pistol on his right hip.

Feaster took aim and fired one shot, hitting Thomas in the neck – and the injured man dropped back into truck’s cab.

Then, the officer radioed dispatchers.

“I’ve got an unresponsive female,” he said, according to dashboard-camera footage. “I’ve got a man in the car refusing to get out.”

THOMAS’S WIFE WAS DEAD AT THE SCENE.

It was the beginning of an 11-minute sequence of events that would cost Feaster his job and his freedom.

for 11 minutes he didn’t tell anyone

Then, the officer radioed dispatchers.

“I’ve got an unresponsive female,” he said, according to dashboard-camera footage. “I’ve got a man in the car refusing to get out.”

It was the beginning of an 11-minute sequence of events that would cost Feaster his job and his freedom.

The city’s police chief called the video footage “very disturbing.”

In the ensuing court case, prosecutors detailed aspects of the fatal shooting, the Chico Enterprise reported. But jurors also heard what Feaster didn’t do.

He didn’t tell the next officer on the scene or the responding paramedics that Thomas had been shot.

He didn’t radio dispatchers about the discharge of his service weapon.

And Feaster didn’t say anything when an injured Thomas told another officer that he’d been shot and that officer responded, “No, you haven’t.”

Instead, Feaster appears to search the ground for shell casings, according to the video.

Eleven minutes after he shot Thomas, Feaster told a commanding officer on scene that he had fired a shot, according to the newspaper.

On Friday, a judge sentenced Feaster to six months in jail, two months after a jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter and nearly a year after Thomas died of complications from the gunshot wound.

Feaster left the department in February.

Feaster faced a maximum of five years in prison in the killing, but Butte County Superior Court Judge James F. Reilley noted the officer’s remorse and the bizarre circumstances of the shooting, the Enterprise reported. Prosecutors had sought four years, according to the Chico Enterprise.

The usual advice we give to blacks applies to everyone: Do not resist if you value your life. Thomas should have pulled over to the side of the road and taken his drunk driving arrest. He and the missus would be alive today.

2 thoughts on “White Cop Who Shot Unarmed White Driver Convicted of Manslaughter (Graphic Video)

  1. Jeez, your cops get fatter by the day and that name, Feaster. Fat cop was scared that the guy might make him have to run if he let him out of the truck. Sad really, a guy died because of stupidity on his own part and and gross unfitness on the others.

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