Will the police be punished?
In February, North California rapper Willie Bo was murdered by police when they found him napping in his car. Real name Willie McCoy, the 21-year older rapper was parked near a fast food drive through when the shooting occurred. Allegedly, an employee at Taco Bell called police after he or she witnessed McCoy passed out in his vehicle. Six officers arrived on the scene and startled McCoy awake. The officers claim that McCoy reached for a gun on his lap when they woke him up, which caused them to shoot at him multiple times. McCoy was pronounced dead on site. Now, CNN is reporting that the family of McCoy has filed a wrongful death claim against the city of Vallejo.
"You all executed my brother Willie," McCoy's sister, Simone Richard, stated at a news conference where lawyers declared that the incident was part of a series of suspicious shootings, excessive force, and racial profiling connected to the Vallejo Police Department. "You all didn't give him a chance to put his hands up," Simone added. Lawyers for the McCoy family claim that Willie was shot over two dozen times and that the entire situation was "bungled from start to finish" by the police involved. The family's wrongful death claim against the city states that some responding officers were not wearing uniforms, and that a "six-person firing squad" shot Willie approximately 25 times in the, "head, ear, neck, chest, arms, shoulders, hands, and back."