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By Erik Ortiz
VALLEJO, Calif. – Nearly three weeks after the murder of a rapper from the San Francisco Bay Area after he was found idle in his car with a gun on his lap, lawyers his family filed a lawsuit Thursday stating their "intent to sue and alleging that" the whole operation was spoiled from start to finish. "
The lawsuit against the city of Vallejo indicates that the six officers who shot Willie McCoy, 20, on the night of February 9, were negligent and caused his unjustified death. The Oakland Civil Rights Attorney's Office, John Burris, who represents the family, previously said that Mr. McCoy had been hit about 25 times over the body.
According to the complaint, "the group of six shot Mr. McCoy … at the head, ears, neck, chest, arms, shoulders, hands and back".
In addition, a second complaint was filed in an unrelated case of a Navy veteran, Adrian Burrell, allegedly assaulted by a Vallejo police officer in January and allegedly suffered a concussion. This meeting was filmed on a cell phone and resulted in charges on social media. abuse of power.
The Burris law firm also deals with the second case. Both incidents again highlighted the use of force and police tactics in the Vallejo Police Department, which has about 100 officers. McCoy's shot was the eighth involving an officer who fired with their weapon since January 2017.
The city attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A rally is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Vallejo for McCoy and other people who were killed or physically assaulted by the police.
McCoy, known as Willie Bo, was waiting in front of a Taco Bell drive-in around 10:30 pm when the employees found him and called the police, the authorities said. The officers said they noticed a handgun on his lap and determined that the doors of his Mercedes Benz were locked when they were considering recovering the firearm.
Instead, they decided to stay in the Benz, which was en route, to prevent McCoy's irregular movement. The police said it was at that time that he woke up.
According to the police, McCoy disregarded orders and began to descend to his gun. Six officers at the scene, "fearing for their lives," opened fire in less than four seconds, police said in a previous press release.
It's unclear how many bullets hit McCoy. The coroner's report and toxicological findings have not yet been released, and police have indicated that images of their body cameras may not be released until early April, although the family is allowed to watch the video. earlier.
"Disclosure of information at this stage would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation and hinder the ability of investigators to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation," Vallejo police said in response to requests of revision of the images.
Under state law signed last fall, the law enforcement agencies in California will be required to broadcast any video within 45 days of shooting a firearm or using lethal force by an officer beginning in July. . Departments can delay publication by up to 30 days if this hinders the investigation.
The family says however that the police operation has been "ruined" for several reasons, including the fact that they have not developed a plan of action to ensure the safety of all the people involved, that the police did not fall back into a position to notice that the passenger side window of the car was only covered with a plastic sheet, which could have opened the car in this way to recover the gun.
Police said a semi-automatic handgun had been found on the scene and allegedly stolen in Oregon. The ministry created an incident web page this week to allow the public to "separate facts from fiction about this investigation".
David Harrison, McCoy's cousin and head of music, said the agents should be held accountable and that he wanted the live camera footage to be made public.
"They thought he was not a good black boy and, well, we'll get him out," said Harrison, who saw McCoy's body.
"The way they killed him – that was out of hate," he added. "As they did not want it anymore."