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CrimeWillie McCoy shooting: Vallejo police fired 55 shots in 3.5 seconds, acted ‘reasonable,’ report says

20:40  12 june  2019
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VALLEJO — An independent use-of-force expert revealed that six Vallejo officers shot at Willie McCoy Officers shot him after he slumped forward. Blake’s report has no bearing on a separate Police identified the officers who shot McCoy as: Ryan McMahon, Collin Eaton, Bryan Glick, Jordon

The 39- second clip was taken Saturday night at the Taco Bell on Admiral Callaghan lane, where 21-year-old Willie “ Willie Bo” McCoy was shot and killed by six still-unidentified Vallejo officers. The video does not depict the actual shooting but contains audio of police yelling commands and dozens of

Willie McCoy shooting: Vallejo police fired 55 shots in 3.5 seconds, acted ‘reasonable,’ report says
Willie McCoy shooting: Vallejo police fired 55 shots in 3.5 seconds, acted ‘reasonable,’ report says

An independent investigator hired by the city of Vallejo to review the fatal Feb. 9 police shooting of Willie McCoy found the use of force “reasonable and necessary,” according to a report released this week.

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Nearly two months after the shooting death of 20-year-old Willie McCoy at a Taco Bell drive-thru, the Vallejo Police Department has released video from

When Vallejo police shot Willie McCoy in his car in February, a community of local families who had lost loved ones in police shootings rose up in protest.

The report — released Monday and dated May 17 — revealed that the six Vallejo police officers who shot McCoy to death fired 55 rounds at him in just 3.5 seconds as he sat up in his car with a gun in his lap at a Taco Bell drive-thru.

McCoy, a local rapper, died on Feb. 9 after a restaurant employee called police to report a man slumped over at the wheel of a silver Mercedes. Responding officers found McCoy unresponsive with a gun in his lap and the car’s gear in drive, police said.

Police released body camera footage of the shooting in March. The video, which included police notes and edits as well as raw footage, shows officers discussing how to open McCoy’s car door and grab the gun in his lap before dragging him out of the car. The doors ended up being locked.

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They shot him so many times.” The video, filmed by a witness from a distance and published on Police in Vallejo , a city 30 miles north-east of San Francisco, alleged that officers found him with a The family said it was clear police had racially profiled McCoy , especially considering the long history

Willie McCoy , also known as Willie Bo, was an American rapper. On February 9, 2019, McCoy was killed by six police officers in Vallejo , California.

The video then shows McCoy beginning to move a short time later and his right hand scratches his left shoulder, before he bends forward and moves his left arm toward his lap. Officers shout at him to show his hands and almost immediately open fire through the windows, killing him with a barrage of bullets.

Attorney John Burris, who represents McCoy’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, said Wednesday that the report’s findings didn’t surprise him.

McCoy’s family members said police “bungled” their response “from start to finish.”

“They want vindication for their relative, their son, their brother’s life they view as wrongfully taken,” Burris said.

Retired police officer David Blake, an independent investigator who wrote the report, said officers acted in line with current use-of-force practices.

“Officers are not required to wait until a weapon is pointed at them to take the necessary steps to save their own lives,” Blake said.

Police fired 55 shots at man in 3.5 seconds. Report finds it 'reasonable.'

Police fired 55 shots at man in 3.5 seconds. Report finds it 'reasonable.' It's unclear how many of those bullets struck the 20-year-old Bay Area rapper, but family attorneys have said he was struck around 25 times. The six officers returned to duty three weeks after the shooting. Employees at the Taco Bell called police for a welfare check after they found McCoy unresponsive in his silver Mercedes in the drive-thru. After officers arrived at the scene, they said they discovered the car was locked and in drive, and McCoy had a gun on his lap. Police say McCoy's firearm was stolen, and his family says he may have had one for protection.

When officers arrived they found 20-year-old Willie McCoy passed out in the locked car with a handgun on his lap and the transmission in drive. The two

VALLEJO , CALIFORNIA — Vallejo Police have released body cam footage of the fatal shooting of rapper Willie McCoy , following demands of transparency from his

The police shooting drew international attention and sparked calls to reform the North Bay city’s Police Department.

Vallejo Police Chief Andrew Bidou announced his retirement amid growing criticism over the shooting, but he remains in place as the city searches for his replacement.

Burris said he has called on the California attorney general’s office to investigate what he alleged was discrimination and racial profiling in multiple use-of-force incidents by the department.

In reference to the 55 shots fired at McCoy, Blake’s report noted that law enforcement does not “generally receive stress-based training” to stop firing, but rather officers are taught to “fire until the threat has been neutralized.”

Melissa Nold, another attorney representing McCoy’s family, criticized the report and called Blake a “police defense expert.” Blake also investigated the 2018 shooting of Stephon Clark and concluded that two Sacramento police officers had probable cause to fire at the unarmed man.

“This is just a continuation of the disrespect the McCoy family has experienced since this preventable loss of human life,” Nold said.

Vallejo city officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Gwendolyn Wu is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @gwendolynawu

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