Who would have known Feaster was so well connected? Well, that’s the way things work around here – you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours!

21 Dec

What do we know about Paradise police officer Patrick Feaster? 

We’ve seen the films – I tried not to watch, but they’ve played it again and again – the body of a living human being being rolled over by a car and left like a mannequin in the road. A head pops out of the top of the car like a jack-in-the-box, jolts violently, and disappears back into the car. 

Something that bugs the hell out of me is that Feaster never once bends over the woman’s body. I mean, she might have been alive still, needed somebody to say something, comfort her a little. I can’t believe he acts as though she’s not even there. 

It’s a snuff movie, I can’t believe Ch 12 and 7 would just play it again and again. We need to see it? I don’t need to see it – I already know, you don’t want to mess with Paradise police. Ask Robert Funk, whose arm was almost twisted off by Paradise police officer Robert “RJ” Pickering.  Mr. Funk was celebrating his own birthday with friends at his Paradise eatery, when he had to use the bathroom out back. Pickering saw him and said he thought Funk was a prowler. He yanked open the bathroom door and forced Funk out of the bathroom, grabbing his arm and twisting it behind his back as Mr. Funk protested he was the property owner.  I thought that was also incompetence on Pickering’s part. Funk had owned a well-known eatery for years. In a town that size, the cops should know people.  Mr. Funk ended up with a dislocated arm and a pantsfull of his own excrement. He sued the city and won an undisclosed amount, but I just saw RJ in a news piece about a month ago, acting like a spokesman for Paradise PD.

I’ve known little RJ since he was a child, and if anybody had asked me, I could have told them he’s got a suitcase full of problems. But nobody asked me. They really need to do further background checks on these people before they give them the authority to maim, kill or just plain humiliate people.  They should also have to live in the town where they serve, so people know them too.

Patrick Feaster also apparently grew up around here. In fact, he’s very well connected. His dad is with Chico School District – I remembered his name, he’s one of the salaries that adds to the cost of educating your kid, but adds nothing to your kid’s education. But young Feaster has a more well-known relative – former Butte County Supervisor Jane Dolan.

http://m.krcrtv.com/officer-patrick-feaster-wins-madd-award-for-efforts-arrest-drunk-drivers/37022600

This story above is apparently from last year. There is speculation among the comments included in the link that Feaster is getting special treatment, and also that he is too zealous about getting drunk drivers because of the award. I wonder myself – if he saw these folks exit the bar, having been kicked out for being intoxicated and rowdy, why did he let them get in the car? Why didn’t he flash that red light right on the spot? I wonder – did Thomas see the cop car behind him, and lose control of the car? 

And what about the person(s) at the bar, who, knowing Thomas was intoxicated, let him leave in a car? Don’t bars have some responsibility? You’re not supposed to serve an intoxicated person.  It takes some booze for a guy to get that drunk. 

This whole sad affair leaves a lot of questions about how the county deals with their own personnel. We need more outside, non-affiliated oversight here. Butte County is starting to resemble Hazzard County, and Ramsey is starting to look like Boss Hogg. 

UPDATE: This has made a national splash –

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/outrage-police-shooting-drunk-driver-paradise-california-officer-patrick-feaster/

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/12/14/california_officer_shoots_suspected_drunk_driver_in_dashcam_video.html

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Northern-California-Police-Shooting-Patrick-Feaster-DUI-Suspect-362426641.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/officer-shot-dui-suspect-charges_566b31a9e4b0fccee16e924f

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/mistakenly-shot-suspect-not-charged-article-1.2464035

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-california-officer-shooting-20151219-story.html

 

 

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8 Responses to “Who would have known Feaster was so well connected? Well, that’s the way things work around here – you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours!”

  1. bob December 21, 2015 at 10:05 am #

    I wonder how much Funk got from the city. Well, not the city but from the taxpayers.

    Why is it always the hapless taxpayers who end up footing these bills? Why isn’t at least some of this money taken from the cop and people like Ramsey who always let these cops who cost the taxpayers a fortune off the hook? And Ramsey with his huge salary and pension worth millions, certainly he can afford to pay.

    Well, however much Funk got it will be nothing compared to the lawsuit from this killing by Feaster.

    I guess I’m better off not even knowing how much all this is going to cost because it is just depressing and there’s nothing we can do anyway.

    I guess I’d just better shut up before I get feastered.

    • Juanita Sumner December 21, 2015 at 11:14 am #

      I guess I’m better off not even knowing how much all this is going to cost because it is just depressing and there’s nothing we can do anyway.

      I feel same, but finally had to say something.

      • bob December 21, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

        Yes, it will get you in a Funk…OK, that was terrible, but if you don’t have a sense of humor you go insane.

        It doesn’t take much googling to see that Paradise PD has all sorts of problems with their officers, among other issues.

        Paradise could save a fortune getting rid of their police dept. and contracting out policing to the county sheriff. But instead the voters will probably vote to increase their sales tax again so they can afford an incompetent police dept. And of course vote to re-elect Ramsey.

        Ain’t life grand?

      • Juanita Sumner December 21, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

        You bet!

  2. bob December 21, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    You see the snooze and review’s editorial demanding accountability after Ramsey’s ruling?

    Accountability, eh? What about the snooze always endorsing Ramsey? Where’s the accountability? That Melissa Daughtree is hilarious.

    • Juanita Sumner December 21, 2015 at 11:16 am #

      I didn’t see it yet, but wow, that’s laughable. Yes, every four years Ramsey is the Democrat Darling, the staunch defender of the public interest, blah blah blah.

      Ever see that calendar he had made up, dressed like Elliot Ness? Then there’s his wonderful family. How has that guy held on to that position all these years?

      • bob December 21, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

        Calendar? Elliot Ness? No, I did not see that. Is it online anywhere?

        More like Elliot Mess.

        I recall reading a couple of fluff pieces the enterprise wretched and snooze and review wrote about him several years ago, probably around election time but I can’t remember for sure. I recall the gist of it was local boy went off to law school when he was just a youngin’ and becomes a local big wig, but of course serving and protecting for decades and completely selfless. You know, the kind of piece that makes you tear up (or throw up).

      • Juanita Sumner December 22, 2015 at 6:51 am #

        I know, they make him out to be John-boy Walton.

        He’s the same guy that rehired Helen Harberts when she was fired from another department for creating a hostile workplace. He’s the same guy that defended his DDA who got drunk and went joy-riding with his kids in the car. That guy had another offence, but may still be working for Ramsey, not sure.

        Again, Ramsey needs to go. The main problem I see, is finding anybody to take his position.

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