Police Abuse

Police Officer Patrick Feaster Shoots Man Crawling From Wreckage of His Truck, Doesn't Tell Anyone Until Circumstances Force Him To; Of Course, Not Criminally Responsible [UPDATED]

Apparent logic is because he was so insanely negligent, he wasn't criminally responsible.

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See bottom for update on Feaster's longstanding interest in strong drunk driving enforcement

Officer Patrick Feaster in Paradise, California came upon the scene of a drunk driving wreck on Thanksgiving night. As the driver Andrew Thomas dragged his body out of the window, vertically, Feaster, very calmly from what the video shows, shot him, possibly twice though the official report says no to that, then calmly holstered his weapon.

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Thomas was not killed, but "the shot hit Thomas in the C7 and T1 vertebrae and could lead to him being paralyzed for life," reports Action News Now. Video of the shooting can be found at that link as well.

Feaster then refers to his dispatch to a "man in the car who refuses to get out." Why might Thomas not be getting out? Well, Feaster had just shot him, though he does not mention that to dispatch.

According to this report from local Action News Now:

When backup arrived on the scene, Feaster did not mention anything about having fired his weapon. According to [Butte County D.A. Mike] Ramsey, Feaster notified his commanding officer about the discharge only after Thomas' gunshot wound was found.

As the commanding officer suggested an investigator return to Canteena and try to find out if Thomas had been shot at the bar, Feaster revealed that he may have shot Thomas.

Ramsey said nearly 11 minutes passed before any other officers, medics or firefighters learned Thomas had been shot.

Sounds like D.A. Ramsey knows a lot of startlingly damning things about Officer Feaster's behavior. Sounds like a case for book-throwing.

Except, as Ramsey explained in a letter contained within the Action News link above, Feaster's shooting seemed to him maybe not intentional and thus not criminally negligent. (It seemed pretty intentional to me, but those judging police see with eyes suffused with a soft gelscreen of bitter, bitter mercy.) Because he didn't shoot him twice, according to Ramsey, that proves merely that Feaster is the kind of officer who pulls out his weapon, finger on the trigger, aims it at someone who represents no conceivable threat to himself or anyone else, and shoots him without meaning to, and that apparently is just fine and deserves no criminal punishment.

Why didn't he tell anyone he'd shot him? He was in shock and not even actually sure he'd shot him!

So, reckless to the point of possible actual insanity. That's fine in a cop. Certainly not worthy of charges.

And…wait for it…oh, you know:

Paradise Police Chief Gabriela Tazzari-Dineen said Patrick Feaster remains on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

UPDATE: Old news clip from 2012 shows that Feaster saw drunk drivers as a special crusade of sorts. From the News Review out of Chico, it reveals Feaster to have a personal longstanding interest in drunk drivers and enforcing the law on them, having lost his uncle, who he is named after, to one 10 years before he was born:

Recently, Feaster was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), having been the top DUI-arresting officer in the Paradise Police Department in 2011, citing 33 drunk drivers. Six months into this year, he's already more than halfway toward his goal of 50 DUI arrests. "I am always looking for DUI drivers," said Feaster. "I watch every car in front of me for signs of drifting."

When confronting a drunken driver, Feaster says he remains calm because it's unfair to classify all intoxicated drivers the same way. Many are unaware that they're over the 0.08 percent blood-alcohol limit. In fact, those types of stops are actually the most common and the excuses generally are sincere, he said.

"They usually say things like, 'I didn't think I was that bad,' 'I only had a few,' or 'I only live a few blocks from here,'" he said….

Feaster has less patience for drunken drivers on the other side of the spectrum. "These are people who are so impaired they shouldn't be walking down the street, let alone driving the car," he said…..

Most stupefying are the repeat offenders, whom Feaster called "the worst."

"People will still drive under the influence of street drugs and prescription medication, which is just as dangerous," said Feaster…

Besides, there's a depressing reality.

"There is no way of stopping them all."

Believe him, he's tried.

Somewhat eerie, now. Thanks to Thomas Swift who found and sent me that old clip about Feaster.

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  1. No hat tip?

  2. Andrew Thomas looks a little too white for this to matter much in the wider scheme of things.

    1. This won’t help the narrative of the raceturbators.

      But at least the Responsible Leaders in the White Community managed to keep people calm by warning them not to riot and to keep their demonstrations peaceful.

      1. “Raceturbators”

        My word got adopted, yay!

  3. I thought he was a Terminator.

  4. Paradise?

    This is the most blatant case of false advertising since my suit against the movie The Neverending Story.

    1. All you cam eat fried clams at this one restaurant. After stuffing myself for two hours, the restaurant wanted to close. I said that I wasn’t full yet, so there was no charge if I left.

  5. how do you take out your gun, aim it as someone, and unintentionally shoot that person?

    1. Accidentally on purpose – a technical term.

    2. Well, you know, you practice your quick draw enough times at the shooting range and, … muscle memory engrams…. And you just shoot someone without thinking, sometimes.

      It happens.

      1. Tell me about it. I’m so drunk that I just put my shoes on the wrong foot. TTYL, I’m going out.

  6. Why didn’t he tell anyone he’d shot him? He was in shock and not even actually sure he’d shot him!

    That’s some pretty good police work, boys. Actually, it kind of appears on the video that he’s hunting around with a flashlight for his brass at one point. So, yeah, he was aware enough to try to get rid of evidence.

    1. And people wonder why I like revolvers…

      1. A good point but lost on the yun’uns.

        *Completely unrelated, totally has nothing to do with this conversation, but…anyone here have any experience with paper patch? I bought a mold and want to make some for my 30-30.

        1. I’m 29. I carried a .38 for years

          Some of us get it.

      2. Because you’re a criminal and want to hide evidence of what you did?

        1. This is why we need commonsense gun control.

          No one needs more than 710 rounds and only those trying to hide evidence of their crimes needs a revolver.

  7. Far too many shooting incidents…

  8. No mention of the race of any of the fellows. I assume that means no one is black. Nothing to see. Move along.

  9. No mention of the race of any of the fellows. I assume that means no one is black. Nothing to see. Move along.

    1. What was the caliber of that squirrel nut?

      1. The caliber? You probaby wouldn’the understand Sarc, but the caliber is “Deez Nuts.”

        1. Wtf? Shifty spellcheck.
          (Shifty?..shiFty?…that’said SHITTY to you, bro!)

  10. Why the fuck would he shoot a person crawling out of a wreck?!? He is either completely, unbelievably bonkers or is a total fucking psychopath who…wanted to shoot a guy crawling out of a wreck? Maybe he hates drunk drivers?

    This is too insane. But…this is who is going to be attracted to being a police officer. Because they can do this with impunity. And if there are enough of these complete psychos to be being caught on video…how many are there that aren’t being caught on video and we never even hear about it?

    1. He didn’t flinch or do a double take after firing like he was disoriented, as supposedly seen by the investigators. There appeared to be two muzzle flashes, so he fired twice and only hit the guy once. (Batting .500 is pretty good for a cop.) He was rather blas? about the whole affair.

      It’s likely he was angry at what he suspected was a DUI, and being overweight knew he couldn’t run for very long, so he fired. Local prosecutors either know him personally or simply didn’t want to have to deal all that goes along with charging law enforcement with the crime they clearly committed.

      1. All that time and money only to find him innocent. Skip to the end.

    2. If you read the link, his wife was thrown from the vehicle and her dead body was laying next to the car. Doesn’t justify what the cop did, but provides some explanatory context.

      1. his = the driver’s

        1. good clarification, if it was the cop’s wife’s dead body flying out of the drunk’s car that might explain things.

      2. It does? In what possible way?

        1. The cop saw the car speed past him, run a red light, hit a median, and once he got to the wreck there was a dead woman laying next to the car. He knew Thomas was the driver because he was coming out of the driver door.

          I can see the cop thinking “this fucker just killed that woman” (which was essentially correct) and shooting him.

          Disclaimer: That is not a justifiable shooting by any stretch of the imagination; the cop should be prosecuted for murder, and the DA is clearly lying through his teeth in his statement. BUT it’s not beyond explanation.

          1. s/murder/attempted murder/

          2. This was my thought when I read the story.

            Also, I can’t imagine the hell that is this man’s life now.

            1. Better than his wife’s.

              1. Granted.

                I can’t recall whether the article specified just how paralyzed the man is. Because in his shoes, I suspect suicide would be forefront on my mind.

              2. What do you mean? HER troubles are over, his are just beginning…

          3. “He knew Thomas was the driver because he was coming out of the driver door.”

            Having some experience with rollover accidents where one party is thrown from the vehicle, this statement is incorrect and assumes facts not in evidence.

            1. You crawl out of whatever window or you can. Up works well.

      3. “Also, she was wearing blue. And it was well after 4pm. So, really, a weapons discharge was inevitable. Because Context.”

    3. I saw a video once a couple of years ago that I cannot find now.

      Guy has a blowout and wrecks his car, which catches fire. He is burned badly enough that all of this clothing is gone and he is scorched head to toe. When the cops arrive he is sitting on the side of the road bloody, rocking back and forth and in shock.

      Cops order him to stand, which of course he doesn’t do, so they taze him. He is disoriented and in shock so he begins chasing the cops around. They avoid him easily. He eventually climbs on top of their patrol car. One of the cops shoots the guy dead.

      No charges, of course.

      His explanation? “I couldn’t let him get any of that blood on me.” He looks dead into the camera with flat eyes, no emotion on his face or i n his voice when he says it.

      That guy and this one are on par with the Saudi that said he didn’t rape that 17 yo girl, he just happened to have his hard dick out, slipped and fell on her and so accidentally penetrated her. (story linked to earlier today)

      1. Which thread was that link at?

        1. shit, I googled that story and got a warning that child abuse imagery is illegal.

          1. Well, guys, it’s been nice knowing all of you.

          2. Well, guys, it’s been nice knowing all of you.

            1. Come and see me during visiting hours at the PMITA correctional facility.

      2. That sounds a lot like a case that happened in Portland back in I want to say 2005 or 2006….

        1. Found it. It was in 2005 near Sandy, which is a town near Portland, Oregon:

          http://www.oregonlive.com/gres…..for_1.html

  11. To Protect and Serve.

    I imagine the drunken thoughts of the driver.

    “Oh…… oh….. fuck me…… ow….. fuck…. god, i’m an asshole….. ow…. fuck, i’m so fucked….. must….crawl free……. fuck…. worst thing to happen to me all year….. oh…… crap…… oh, great… here’s the cop…. well, off to jail then… i guess the wife will.. [BANG!!] …..OH YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME…. Ok god, thanks…. you’ve made your point…. “

  12. “As Officer Feaster moved towards Thomas, the gun discharged’

    Police = they always have the angriest guns

    1. The passive voice occurred.

      1. These things happen.

        1. Mistakes were made

          1. http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Roy_Snyder

            When it comes to Bart, he normally lets him off the hook using the reasoning: “Boys will be boys”.

      2. I like that. Thanks.

      3. Occurrence was by the passive voice.

        1. Actually, that’s not the passive voice. It’s an impersonal, responsibility-dodging way of phrasing things, but it’s not the passive voice. The passive voice is “to be + past participle”, like “the gun was discharged”. A handy trick for figuring out if something is the passive voice is “Can you put ‘by a bear’ after it?” This has been a helpful reminder from your local Grammar Nazi.

        2. Actually, that’s not the passive voice. It’s an impersonal, responsibility-dodging way of phrasing things, but it’s not the passive voice. The passive voice is “to be + past participle”, like “the gun was discharged”. A handy trick for figuring out if something is the passive voice is “Can you put ‘by a bear’ after it?” This has been a helpful reminder from your local Grammar Nazi.

    2. What a freak coincidence that the gun decided to discharge while its muzzle was pointed at a person’s neck.

  13. I checked Google News to see who was covering this.

    The local news covered it. A San Francisco paper covered it. Huffington Post had an article. Russia Today had an article. RawStory had an article. Photography is Not a Crime had an article. So did Free Thought Project. And Reason had an article.

    That seems to be about it. I’ll assume I missed a few stories, but it hardly seems like the wall-to-wall coverage you might expect.

    I couldn’t find the cop or the driver on the Black Lives Matter web site.

    So this isn’t going to stop the lamestream media for sticking with the cops vs. black people narrative.

    1. “I couldn’t find the cop or the driver on the Black Lives Matter web site.”

      Because the Black Lives Matter movement isnt really about lives mattering or police brutality.

      1. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

    2. It’s not so much who covers it, it’s how much it’s covered and how much analysts that goes 10,000 miles beyond the simple facts of the story.

  14. Bypass the corrupt DAs and legalize prosecution of cops by civilians. There would be potential issues with double jeopardy, if the DA just takes a dive at the trial rather than refusing to charge, but nothing could be worse than the ridiculous system we have now.

    1. I’d be content if they made police settlements payable out of police and public employee salaries and pensions instead of tax revenues.

  15. Pycho killer, qu’est-ce que c’est?

  16. When I saw the video I was pretty sure he double tapped the guy in a very calm, deliberate manner, exactly as he would have done on the range demonstrating his proficiency with the technique. He didn’t break stride, kept his eye on the target, drew, fired twice rapidly and then holstered his weapon. He wasn’t agitated or excited during or after the shooting.

    There was no distress or sense of urgency in his voice when he called in.

    Two things crossed my mind.

    1. He had just seen a drunk wreck a car and as a result a woman was thrown from the car, possibly killed (she was) or severely injured. Since he had already observed the vehicle leaving the bar at a high rate of speed with no lights on perhaps there was some other crime going on in his mind. He sees the guy climbing out of the vehicle right in front of him with no one else around, becomes very single minded, thinks “Fuck you, you piece of shit” and just shoots the guy.

    2. Some other experience from his past and the current circumstances caused him to switch into ‘if it moves, shoot it’ mode.

    What it most certainly was not was an accident. This guy is a menace and under either circumstance I mentioned this would be straight-up second degree murder.

    1. Right on all points.

      But I’m not shedding any tears for the fuckstick who drove drunk and killed his wife, either.

      1. Ditto. The piece of cheese ran into the wrong psycho while his wife’s dead body was still releasing warm urine and feces.

        I am using such harsh language because Thomas is not some hair-brained dingbat but other wise normal 18 year old using stunningly bad judgement while under the influence. He is 26.

        1. If we’re going to blame responsible people harshly, does his wife share any responsibility for getting in the car with him, knowing he had been drinking, and (presumably, as she was thrown from the vehicle) not wearing her seatbelt? For legal purposes, it only matters if she lives in a contributory negligence state…

          (should go without saying : sympathy/RIP to all the imperfect humans involved (except the cop, fuck that dangerous psycho asshole))

        2. Yeah, really nasty behavior by the driver.

          Of course, if we let cops assassinate even the worst criminals, then we’ve become like one of our worse-off sister republics in Latin America. And I suspect that even some of those countries would have prosecuted a cop in such circumstances.

    2. The cops demeanour doesn’t change one iota after “accidentally” shooting the guy in the neck.

    3. It does look like a double tap, but it’s possible what we see is strobing from the flashing lights.

      1. Good point. I would go back and watch again to see if they time with the lights on everything else except I can’t watch that again.

        Anyone else here who hasn’t seen enough of that kind of shit to last two lifetimes want to check that out?

    4. Suthenboy–on your point 2, read the new update at the bottom based on a clip about Feaster from 2012 brought to my attention after original post.

    5. This shows why we need some common sense safety measures. If a highly trained professional can’t carrry a firearm without inadvertently going off on people, how can we trust them in the hands of unlicensed rustics and the monkey people?

  17. #WhiteLivesDontMatter

    1. #ManslaughteringDrunkDriverLivesDontMatter

      1. OK DB, we get it. If you lIke the whole “judge & jury” thing all-in-one, you are maybe not at the right website. And by right, I mean Right.

  18. OT: Treasury just announced Hamilton will be replaced on $10 bill, but “delaying until some time in 2016” to allow time for “decisions” regarding which woman will replace.

    1. Does it say how much this vapid, feel good, nothingism is going to cost?

      1. Its only money.

      2. They’ve redesigned the $10 bill like 3 times in the past 20 years. This change wouldn’t be any more costly than those other ones.

        I would vote for Harriet Tubman, but that would throw off the whole color scheme. Plus she’s fugly.

        1. So, Lobster Girl? The red lobster would blend nicely with the red Statue of Liberty torch.

          1. I’ll buy that for a dollar!

        2. Do you think they would go for Ayn Rand?

          1. We could stop the pernicious habit of hoarding money, if we put Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on the ten-spot.

            Nobody got time for somethin’ like that in a billfold.

          2. I suggested this to my wife yesterday evening. After we both had a laugh over the pants-shitting on the part of the progs, she grew thoughtful…

        3. They pissed our money away before so why not do it again?

          Sounds good.

    2. Opposition to placing a woman on the $10 bill ranges from those who say the denomination should be of a higher value, such as $20

      We know what kind of woman she is, now we’re just arguing over the price.

      It’s funny that 3 slaveholders are allowed to stay on the currency, while a shooting victim gets bumped.

    3. We can settle the debate by not putting any specific woman’s face on the bill, but rather a nice pair of tits to represent all women.

      1. You got me there. I vote for that.

      2. On further thought Chowder, you should write for The Donald. If he were to stand up in front of the cameras and say that the left would go completely apeshit, everyone else would snicker under their breath and he would shoot up further in the polls.

      3. So you’re all for othering all of the women who don’t have nice tits? Meh, works for me.

    4. But Hamilton’s hot right now!

      It really is strange that they don’t wait for the $20 to need a reprint.

    5. Money is supposed to have presidents on it. Why don’t they just put hillary on it?

      1. Like Benjamin Franklin, the only President of the United States who was never President of the United States.

    6. I can’t see why they don’t just keep Hamilton, but re?magined as a woman.

  19. Wow!! A guy crawling out of a wreck and he is shot!?? The fact that this is NOT national news is absolutely disgusting! The victim was not of the proper race for anyone to care otherwise there would be riots in the streets. And what was it recently that barely made the news….a 6 year old white autistic kid killed by two non white cops?? And no one cares. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireS…..-35698421. I’m am so effing disgusted I think I’m ready for Trump since I’m sure I can’t have Paul in ’16. Someone talk me down.

    1. “…a 6 year old white autistic kid killed by two non white cops?? And no one cares.”

      Oh, Avoyelles Parish cares. Those two shitbags are going to prison for life. If they don’t then the Sheriff and the DA will lose their jobs.

      1. Thanks for the reply. I’m glad those two didn’t get away with murder. It just seems that case barely made a ripple in the news. At least where I’m at.

      2. I looking at the article on this case, and it strikes me that, much as folks may not like to admit it, employing retarded people as armed police patrolmen is unwise and make us all a lot of probl?me.

      3. Wow, *this* case has a lot of media coverage.

  20. Sounds like it’s time for a conversation on common-sense civilian vehicle control.

  21. That update sounds makes it seem more likely that he got pissed and shot the guy, which watching the video makes a hell of a lot more sense than “it was an accident”.

    1. My thoughts exactly. Good thing jeopardy hasn’t attached yet.

    2. No charges? How can he possibly avoid manslaughter?! How can he not be dismissed from the police force immediately if not for murder, for gross incompetence?! What fucking kind of banana republic do we live in now?

      1. “No charges? How can he possibly avoid manslaughter?! How can he not be dismissed from the police force immediately if not for murder, for gross incompetence?! What fucking kind of banana republic do we live in now?”

        Well, I don’t know, but you can tell for sure it ain’t no meritocracy..

  22. I’d make the cop a paraplegic by twisting his neck into Tuesday. And I’d send gifts to his shaking ankles.

    1. go supra bureaus

    2. To all you legal beagle types out there, please note that in his unusually lucid statement above, AC is indeed being hyperbolic and has no intention whatsoever of rendering the festering Feaster into a twitching mass of flesh no matter how much he deserves it. Nothing to subpoena here…..move along now……

      1. Nothing to subpoena here

        The IP address once seen cannot be unseen. It is made up not of numbers, but of heretofore unknown symbols. The ISP’s name, when said aloud, renders all other sound mute. All senses become heightened, and the experience cannot be replicated on this spectral plane.

  23. After the shooting, is the cop looking for his shell casings? He seems pretty intent on examining the road right where he was standing when he pulled the trigger.

  24. He shoots better on accident than most cops shoot on purpose. It’s amazing how these cops manage to accidentally draw a gun, point it at someone and pull the trigger. I wonder if they would buy that excuse from a “civilian.” You could get away with pretty much any gun murder that way, at least if you’re good enough to kill them with one shot.

  25. This case shows once again that ALL police shootings or other violent actions should be handled by an independent prosecutor, not the guy the pig goes fishing with.

    1. This!! Those honest cops and DAd should be clsmoring for some sort of independent review board. It would force a bit more accountability, and could increase the trust of the police by the community. Although keeping the independence is a tricky thing.

      1. The honest cops and DAs are clamoring for more accountability.

        Problem is, there aren’t any.

    2. Amen to that

  26. And people wonder why there is little to no respect for cops. Cops have always been like this but since cellphones came along now everyone sees it. It just goes to prove that the politicians don’t and never have care about any citizen unless they are rich.

  27. Darien was clearly dead. There was gas leaking out of the engine compartment. Fire station was two blocks away, but took about 10 mins to arrive. Ambulance took about 20-35 mins to arrive, but were not in hurry to give emergency care to Thomas, and were in slow motion leaving.

    There is relevant information in the unedited video which I think you will find both surprising and revealing. If you are wondering if the shooting was accidental, just watch and (listen to) the full unedited dash cam video, pay attention to the timing and focus of fire department and ambulance, and listen to EVERYTHING that is said, then make up your own mind. To those who have already watched the full unedited video, and who may know the history with Thomas, I don’t have anything against you, however, the government was intentionally separated into three branches to protect citizens’ rights and to prevent abuse of power. Police may enforce existing laws, but they do not have the right to make their own defacto laws by conducting executions based on possible (thought) crimes, withholding evidence from the public, then excusing the officer who conducted the execution, while broadcasting, “Sorry, it was just an accident.”

    Also note that Glock SAPs are double-action, so every shot is intentional.

  28. “When backup arrived on the scene, Feaster did not mention anything about having fired his weapon. According to [Butte County D.A. Mike] Ramsey, Feaster notified his commanding officer about the discharge only after Thomas’ gunshot wound was found.
    As the commanding officer suggested an investigator return to Canteena and try to find out if Thomas had been shot at the bar, Feaster revealed that he may have shot Thomas.
    Ramsey said nearly 11 minutes passed before any other officers, medics or firefighters learned Thomas had been shot.”

    This would make a great Monty Python Sketch. Show Thomas in a wheelchair preforming compulsory community service explaining the negative results of drunk driving at a M.A.D.D. sponsored youth event with Feaster standing next to him.

  29. Officer Feaster seems to have a problem with drunk people…

    “Plaintiff called the Paradise Police Department from her home through the 911 call network to ask to be taken for mental health care because she was deeply depressed and suicidal, having suffered chronic depression for a number of years. Upon arriving at Plaintiff’s home, two Paradise Police officers [Officer Pat Feaster and Detective
    Jake Smith] directed her to step outside. When Plaintiff complied, the officers arrested her and charged her with being drunk in public.”

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURTS…..0694-3.pdf

    1. Holy crap, this just gets sicker and sicker. I have yet to see this story hit the mainstream media.

  30. The levels that these sub-human scum sink to on a daily basis really sickens me; I get that Libertarianism is about non-violence, but I think its honestly about to strike the final hour for people like this cop. Whatever happened to vigilante justice, I think a good hanging would warm my spirits and restore my faith in humanity if someone like this cop were on the receiving end.

  31. Unfucking believable, one might think, but then, looking at what seems ongoing these days, troubling perhaps, unbelievable, unfortunately not.

  32. Unfucking believable, one might think, but then, looking at what seems ongoing these days, troubling perhaps, unbelievable, unfortunately not.

  33. Audio from cams are now beginning to be released, including officer’s belated confession…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZkGx8ZVy4k

    I know there is a lot more that’s being withheld, including a very loooong delay before moving Thomas into an ambulance. Why did they want him to bleed out?

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