connectVideoCalifornia police release bodycam footage of the fatal shooting of rapper
California police released images of the bodycam fatal shooting of a rapper who was sleeping in his car in a Taco Bell drive-thru in February.
The 30-minute video, excerpted here, was released by the Vallejo Police Department. It proved to be the Feb. 9 encounter from different angles, through the officers’ cameras. The video showed officers approach a vehicle where Willie McCoy, 20, a local rapper known as Willie Bo, was inside. Neither his face and a weapon turned out to be visible in the images.
The officers were heard, said McCoy had a gun in his lap. The subtitle of the video said the gun was loaded with an extended 14-round magazine. The officers spoke about the opening of the door and grabs the gun, but the door was locked.
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Later, the officers noticed McCoy to move around within the vehicle. The subtitle said the man waved his arm, and he was given verbal commands to his hands. The subtitles also said the driver bent forward “at the waist” when verbal commands.
According to the offered subtitles, the driver reached for the gun on his lap before the agents opened fire. The video showed the agents shoot at the driver window, unloading several rounds.
In all six officers fired at McCoy to kill him. The officers were identified as Ryan McMahon, Collin Eaton, Jordan, Patzer, Mark Thompson, Anthony Romero-Cano and Bryan Glick.
NBC News reported that the six officers are ‘ back to the service.” KTVU reported, McMahon was involved in a previous fatal shooting last year.
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After the video was released, McCoy’s family spoke to reporters.
“I am glad that the video was released, so that everyone can see it,” Dave Harrison, McCoy’s cousin, told reporters. “Willie was a sitting duck in that car. He had gone to sleep.”
The lawyers for the McCoy’s family said the rapper was shot 25 times, according to NBC News. Family members have filed a wrongful death claim against the city of Vallejo, The San Francisco Chronicle.