Newly-released police body cam video shows officers fatally shooting 20-year-old rapper Willie McCoy, who fell alseep with a gun on his lap at Taco Bell drive-thru in Vallejo, California on Feb. 9.
The Guardian notes how the video contradicted the Vallejo Police Department:
The disturbing body-camera videos show the young rapper had moved his hand to scratch his shoulder before officers opened fire. The footage is consistent with key claims of McCoy’s family, who watched footage earlier this month and said the officers “executed” him while he was not alert or awake. The videos, released after significant pressure, show:
The officers did not try to wake McCoy up or talk to him after they spotted a gun in his lap, and instead pointed their firearms at his head directly outside the car as he slept for several minutes.
One officer said: “I’m going to pull him out and snatch his ass.”
The officers then realized the firearm did not have a magazine in it, noting to each other that if it was loaded, it would have a single bullet in it: “He’s only got one shot if he shoots.”
The officers then appeared to make a plan to fire at him, with one saying: “If he reaches for it, you know what to do.”
McCoy eventually started to move, scratching his shoulder and not yet appearing alert or saying anything to officers, and several seconds later, all six officers fired at him.
The Vallejo Police Department defended the execution by citing the cops’ fear:
The officers told the driver to keep his hands visible, however the driver quickly reached for the handgun on his lap.In fear for their own safety, the officers discharged their weapons at the driver.
When viewing the body camera footage, the public should be aware that body cameras do not always reflect what the officer’s eyes see.
(Source: The Guardian)
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