From [HERE] and [HERE] A blurry cell phone video uploaded on YouTube shows the moment six Vallejo police officers shot and killed a local rapper who passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in a Taco Bell drive-through line on Feb. 9., according to a witness.
The video starts with Rolly Gabun, of Vallejo, filming the Taco Bell scene from inside his car, saying aloud there were roughly seven police officers blocking the drive-through on Admiral Callaghan Lane. He records the flashing red and blue patrol lights.
When he wonders aloud why the man behind the wheel — later identified as Willie McCoy — doesn’t step out of the vehicle, police officers can be heard repeatedly shouting “put your hands up” before a barrage of gunfire rings out.
After more than 12 bullets are fired, officers can be heard demanding, “let me see your hands” and “put your hands up.”
McCoy, 21, of Vallejo, died at the scene.
“If the guy had a gun on his lap but woke up suddenly of course he would reach for it because he was probably shocked,” Gabun said. “Like it’s brutality at its finest because even after shooting him so many times they still gave commands!”
An officer can be heard telling dispatch soon after the shooting, “All officers are OK. He’s moving, but not responsive” before shouting to McCoy “show me your hands,” according to dispatch audio from Vallejo Police Department.
Authorities in Vallejo responded to the fast-food restaurant about 10:40 p.m. Saturday after employees reported seeing a man “slumped over” in the driver’s seat of a silver Mercedes-Benz, police said.
The call began as a welfare check, but as officers approached the car, they saw a gun in the man’s lap, police said. Police said McCoy unresponsive. The car was locked, and the transmission was in drive, officials said. [MORE]
After some time, the man moved, and officers told him to keep his hands visible, police said. But authorities said he reached for the gun and officers, fearing for their safety, fired their weapons.
They later said the gun was a fully loaded 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine. After several more officers arrived as back-up, they opened fire when, they said, McCoy awoke and reached for the gun.
Police in Vallejo, California, said in a news release that the six officers shot "multiple rounds" at the drivein the span of four seconds Saturday night in a Taco Bell parking lot. It's unclear how many bullets struck McCoy, but his family said they believe at least 20 may have hit his car based on the number of holes that witnesses counted at the scene.
"It seems like an execution," David Harrison, McCoy's cousin and manager, said Wednesday. "It looks like my baby cousin was executed by a firing squad."
Officials also declined further comment about any plans to release video from the incident and questions regarding police protocol. The department's police union did not immediately respond to an email Wednesday.
Harrison said he's not happy about a lack of information that has come out about his cousin's death and is awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology report.
"It doesn't take six officers to pump bullets through a car that's not going anywhere," he said.
A welfare check is also known as the community caretaking exception to the 4th Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches, seizures and arrests. The idea behind community caretaking is that police do not always function as law enforcement officials investigating and ferreting out wrongdoing, but sometimes may act as community caretakers designed to prevent harm in emergency situations. [MORE]