The mainstream media says six Vallejo, California police officers shot aspiring rap artist Willie McCoy as he slept in his car. McCoy had passed out with a stolen gun in his lap in a Taco Bell drive-through. The bigger question for many in the community, now that police have released bodycam video from a number of officers: Did the police use excessive force?
Leave it to the Brits to react with shock and horror to the sensational story. From the UK Daily Mail:ADVERTISING
Shocking police footage shows the moment an aspiring rapper was shot dead by several officers who fired at him multiple times as he was apparently sleeping in the drive-thru of a Taco Bell in California.
Vallejo police released nearly 30 minutes of footage on Friday showing the shooting death of Willie McCoy, 21.
The 30-minute video begins with an explanation of the Vallejo police department’s version of events on the night of February 9 when they found McCoy slumped in the driver’s seat of Taco Bell parking lot with a gun in his lap around 10.30pm.
As they were investigating, police said that McCoy suddenly made a movement towards the gun in his lap.
And there you have it. Mr. McCoy failed to follow repeated police directives to raise his hands. Instead, he reached down to his lap where a handgun with an extended magazine rested.
The Daily Mail has plenty of company in sensationalizing this tragic story.