Relatives of a 21-year-old rapper shot dead by police in Vallejo, Calif., on Saturday say he was sleeping. "My cousin was asleep in the auto and they shot him ..."
"We can not fathom why they would have to shoot him", said David Harrison, the cousin of slain man Willie McCoy.
The police were called by the Taco Bell employees, who saw an unidentified man "slumped over" in a silver vehicle in the drive-thru. Speaking with The Guardian on Wednesday, McCoy's accused police of racial profiling and acting as "judge, jury, and executioner" against a man who had been sleeping in his vehicle. Officers ordered McCoy to "put his hands up", but said he "quickly moved his hands downward for the firearm".
They concluded: "Fearing for their safety, six officers fired their duty weapons at the driver".
"The two officers chose to hold their position and did not attempt to wake the driver", police said in a statement.More news: USA government funding bill passes Congress, ready for Trump's signature
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In a statement, Vallejo Police Chief Andrew Bidou said a review of the shooting is in its early stages, although "any loss of life is a tragedy". Two officers responded to check on the driver and upon walking up to the auto, they said they found an unresponsive man with a handgun on his lap.
Marc McCoy, Willie's older brother, argued that officers made no attempt to handle the situation peacefully.
He said: "The police's job is to arrest people who are breaking the law - not take the law into your own hands".
Police allege the semi-automatic pistol had been reported stolen from OR, but it was unclear how the firearm came into Mr McCoy's possession. The department has not yet identified McCoy or disclosed the number of bullets that hit him and said an autopsy was pending. You're not judge, jury and executioner ...
Lawmakers in California have pursued legislation that would set rules for when police can use deadly force and instead seek nonlethal alternatives to deescalate a situation - coming after the high-profile shooting a year ago of Stephon Clark, a black Sacramento man who police later confirmed was unarmed. "We want to make sure this never happens again to another person". Willie dressed the part.
Harrison said the video didn't surprise him, because once he arrived on the scene that night, it was clear the officers had executed his cousin for no reason. Someone called the police and reported McCoy, according to San Francisco Chronicle. When cops surrounded the vehicle, the driver woke up, cops said.