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California Rapper Found Sleeping In Car Was Shot ‘25 Times’ By Police, Attorney Says
Vallejo police said six officers shot 20-year-old Willie McCoy “multiple” times after the man “suddenly” awakened and reached for a gun in his lap.

By Dominique Mosbergen


A 20-year-old black man who was shot dead by police in Vallejo, California, earlier this month after he was found sleeping in his car with a gun in his lap was struck by about 25 bullets, his family’s lawyer said this week.

“Overkill is an understatement,” attorney Melissa Nold told NBC News about the shooting of Willie McCoy, a Bay Area rapper.

Nold, who claimed to have examined McCoy’s body, said the bullets struck the man’s face, throat, shoulders, chest and arm. Part of McCoy’s ear was also blown off.

A coroner’s report has yet to be released.

McCoy’s family has accused the Vallejo Police Department of racial profiling during the deadly encounter.

“Police [in Vallejo] have a campaign of executing young black men who fit a certain profile. Willie dressed the part. He represents hip-hop music. They are profiled,” David Harrison, McCoy’s cousin, told The Guardian.

20-year-old man Willie McCoy was killed by police while he was asleep in his car pic.twitter.com/KGkjEk1cvr
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) February 15, 2019

According to Vallejo police, employees at a local Taco Bell called 911 at about 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 after spotting McCoy “slumped over” behind the wheel of his car, which still had its engine running, in the eatery’s drive-thru.

McCoy’s family said the rapper, whose stage name was Willie Bo, had been in the recording studio in the days leading up to his fatal encounter with police and had likely been so exhausted that he’d fallen asleep while waiting to order food.

Two officers arrived on the scene and noticed a handgun on McCoy’s lap. The officers “decided to hold their position and did not attempt to wake the driver. Instead, they decided to wait for additional officers to arrive on scene and ensured that people in the parking lot were safe and did not approach the vehicle,” Vallejo police said in a statement.


Man Commits Suicide in His Parked Car in NYC: No One Said Anything
Posted on October 30, 2018 by mmjdiary


The tale of Geoffrey Weglarz is one that should give us pause. A man, troubled financially and personally, drank poison in his car, parked on a residential street in the East Village in New York City. His remains were finally found in the car one week later. One man said that he had passed by the car “half a dozen times” while Mr. Weglarz was in it.

His family in Florida were worried and tried to make contact with police, but rules, procedures, and cracks between both let time march on without finding the car. Mr. Weglarz had texted some troubling notes, but the responses from those who received them were too late to stop the suicide.

Mr. Weglarz visited with his son in the afternoon and then parked his car and took his life. Those in the neighborhood sensed a bad smell, but no one investigated. Friends were concerned with no responses on his phone, but waited.

Sometimes we don’t want to get involved. Sometimes we are too busy to notice. Sometimes we don’t pick up on signals from those we know and love. This sad story is a reminder that we may not be as concerned and connected as we need to be with those we love, those we know, and those we don’t know, except as a fellow traveler in this difficult world.

“Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” John Donne

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