“People are very sensitive and emotional — as they should be — in this country about officer-involved shootings,” James said. “We made this decision with the advice of citizens. We added input from the people.”
Every future officer-involved shooting case will go through this process, James said. Grand jurors were educated on the law, use of force and police protocol.
The grand jury recommended that James not pursue an indictment in five other fatal shootings by police.
A separate grand jury will decide whether to indict Thomas, probably during its May or June term.