- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - A Grand Jury will not investigate the fatal shooting of a drunken driving suspect by a former Northern California police officer.

Former Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster is accused of shooting 26-year-old Andrew Thomas in November as he exited a vehicle after a rollover crash. Thomas died a few weeks later. Feaster has been charged with manslaughter.

KRCR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/20DKUg6 ) that Butte County spokeswoman Casey Hatcher says recent legislation changed the Penal Code to prohibit the Grand Jury from investigating shootings or use of excessive force by law enforcement officers.

Hatcher says the legislation was intended to help maintain the public’s trust in a grand jury, especially as many officers across the country have not been indicted for alleged excessive force violations even when there is video of the incident.

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Information from: KRCR-TV.

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