20-year-old rapper Willie McCoy, AKA Willie Bo, was fatally shot by Solano County police officers while sleeping in a Taco Bell drive-thru lane, according to reports.
Police responded to a call of a man “hunched over behind the wheel of a silver Mercedes sedan" at 10:36 p.m. Saturday night. When officers arrived on scene they found McCoy unresponsive in a locked car with a handgun in his lap, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. Police then called for backup.
The driver "suddenly moved" and did not comply with officers commands, officials said in a statement.
Six officers then fired McCoy. The exact number of bullets that hit McCoy was not disclosed. The officers continued to shout commands before removing him from the vehicle and “rendering medical assistance”, according to The Guardian. McCoy died on the scene.
McCoy's family are calling his death a "senseless act" and claiming officers made "no attempt" towards a "peaceful resolution".
McCoy's cousin David Harrison posted this emotional video addressing the shooting on Sunday.
"Police have a campaign of executing young black men who fit a certain profile," Harrison said on Tuesday. "Willie dressed the part. He represents hip-hop music."
McCoy's brother further commented saying:
“Police are trained to shoot first and hurt you first,” said McCoy's brother. “They do not respect black people. Even when they have a person subdued and their life is not in danger, they continue to be blatantly physically disrespectful. That is just accepted in America.”
The Solano County district attorney’s office is currently investigating the shooting.
McCoy's fans have taken to the rapper's social media accounts to express their condolences. See below:
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