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Willie McCoy: California Rapper Shot Dead by Six Police Officers as He Slept in Car
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=39160"><span class="small">Andrew Buncombe, The Independent</span></a>   
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:28

Buncombe writes: "A young rapper shot dead by police as he slept in his car was not threatening officers as they claimed, his family has insisted."

Willie McCoy had been sleeping in his car outside a Taco Bell, authorities said. (photo: David Harrison)
Willie McCoy had been sleeping in his car outside a Taco Bell, authorities said. (photo: David Harrison)

Willie McCoy: California Rapper Shot Dead by Six Police Officers as He Slept in Car

By Andrew Buncombe, The Independent

13 February 19

Family of rapper shot dead by police deny he was a danger to officers

 young rapper shot dead by police as he slept in his car was not threatening officers as they claimed, his family has insisted.

Police have confirmed the identity of the young man they shot in the parking lot of a Taco Bell fast-food restaurant as 21-year-old Willie McCoy, who was known as Willie Bo, and performed with the group FBG.

Officers in Vallejo, California, said they had gone there after restaurant staff called 911 to report seeing a person slumped over the seat of a silver Mercedes.

In a statement, the Vallejo Police Department said as officers approached the vehicle, the “driver began to suddenly move and looked at the uniformed patrol officers”. 

“Officers gave the driver several commands to put his hands up. The driver did not comply and instead he quickly moved his hands downward for the firearm,” it said of Saturday’s incident. “Fearing for their safety, six officers fired their duty weapons at the driver.”

The family of the young man has disputed the account of the police, and claimed what happened is just the latest example of a young black man being shot and killed by police without justification.

“It’s a really big loss. Really, really unexpected,” Mr McCoy’s cousin, David Harrison, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

“There’s a lot of grieving going on, trying to make sense of this thing.”

The newspaper said that a semi-automatic handgun recovered at the scene had been reported stolen in Oregon and was fully functional when officers found it, according to police.

It said it was unknown how Mr McCoy obtained the firearm.

Mr Harrison later posted a video on Facebook in which he said: “You can’t just keep killing us in the street like this. My cousin was asleep in the car and they shot him 20 times.” 

Another cousin, Levonte Cole, told KTVU-TV: “Willie was a good person he didn’t deserve that. I have no words for Vallejo police.

“They’re supposed to protect and serve. They’re not supposed to shoot to kill.”

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-7 # jmail 2019-02-13 12:40
The young rapper fell asleep in the drive-in window lane of a Taco Bell restaurant with his car still shifted in Drive. He fell asleep with a gun in his lap. A loaded gun. A loaded gun with an extended magazine. A loaded gun that was reported stolen in another state. In this case, I think the police shooting averted a violent crime.
+7 # LionMousePudding 2019-02-13 13:48
And suspicion of future, possible crime definitely deserves the death penalty. With no trial. Yeah. Your America; not mine.
-2 # WorkingClass 2019-02-13 15:27
The loss of any life is a tragedy. Having said that if the police had seen the gun and the subject did not obey orders to show his hands, but instead made a move for the gun, the police were justified. Officers do not have to wait to see a muzzle flash to respond with deadly force, nor should they be required to do so.
+4 # elizabethblock 2019-02-13 16:54
In New York, I just read, a law was passed forbidding the police to shoot into a car. Police shootings there have gone way down.
+8 # suzyskier 2019-02-13 19:08
By now I find it very difficult to believe the cops side of the story. They brought it on themselves by their constant lying and murdering of blacks. Some of their stories are just not believable. There needs to be some deep investigating and psychological testing.
+3 # MidwestDick 2019-02-14 07:35
Cops did cold blooded murder and then planted cold piece. This is how it almost always happens. Case closed.