Another One: Falling Asleep In Your Car Outside Taco Bell While Black

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Yeah, it's still happening. It took six Vallejo, CA. police officers firing "multiple rounds" in four seconds to kill Willie McCoy, a 20-year-old rapper who fell asleep in his car in a Taco Bell parking lot with a gun in his lap, woke up, "suddenly" moved and was evidently too startled to follow their commands to "keep his hands visible." "However the driver quickly reached for the handgun on his lap," read a police statement. "In fear for their own safety, the officers discharged their weapons." Police were responding to a 911 call from a Taco Bell employee who said a man was “slumped over” the wheel of a silver Mercedes; police found the car running and the doors locked. Relatives said McCoy had been at a studio recording session - he performed as Willie Bo with the group FBG - dropped off his girlfriend, was getting something to eat and was likely exhausted. After firing, police kept shouting commands; distressing eyewitness video here. They eventually removed him from the car and "rendered medical assistance.” He died on the scene.

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Relatives who raised McCoy after his parents died when he was young said he was "a goodhearted kid. He loved children. There was no such thing as friends for him - his friends were family." His killing comes amidst multiple incidents of police brutality against black residents of Vallejo - here, here, here, here - with one involving a relative of McCoy's. It also follows at least three recent shootings in the Bay Area in which police killed an armed sleeping man after using various means - bullhorn, breaking windows - to try to wake him up. In McCoy's case, charges his 50-year-old brother Marc, police guilty of racial profiling just started shooting at someone who posed no threat: "The police’s job is to arrest people who are breaking the law - not take the law into your own hands (as) judge, jury and executioner." McCoy's cousin and manager David Harrison, who helped raised him, goes further: he says Vallejo boasts "the most racist police department in the world." “We are being targeted," he charges. "It looks like my baby cousin was executed by a firing squad." His final plea: “You can't just keep killing us in the street like this."

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