(AllHipHop News) In a violent police interaction that is reminiscent of the 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo in New York, attorney Melissa Nold is accusing the Vallejo, California police of excessive force. 20-year-old rapper Willie McCoy was reportedly shot at 25 times by several officers on February 9.
Nold told to NBC News, "Overkill is an understatement." The lawyer for McCoy's family examined the victim's body, and she insists he suffered injuries to his face, throat, shoulders, chest, and arm. A coroner's report has not been released to the public.
McCoy, who performs under the stage name Willie Bo, fell asleep in his Mercedes-Benz while waiting in a Taco Bell drive-thru. Police officers were called to the scene around 10:36 pm, and they supposedly found the F.B.G. collective member unresponsive with a handgun on his lap.
The Vallejo Police Department claims upon waking, McCoy "quickly moved his hands" after being given commands to put his hands up. "Fearing for their safety," the six officers then discharged multiple rounds at the vehicle with all the shots being fired in approximately four seconds. Willie Bo died at the scene.
Nold replied to the VPD's statement by questioning the officers saying they found the doors to McCoy's car were locked when they considered retrieving the gun while he was still asleep. Apparently, the front passenger's side window was broken and covered with a sheet of plastic which would have allowed the officers to enter the vehicle.
“There was no attempt to try to work out a peaceful solution,” said Marc McCoy, Willie’s older brother. “The police’s job is to arrest people who are breaking the law - not take the law into your own hands. You’re not judge, jury, and executioner.”
The Vallejo Police Department and the Solano County District Attorney's Office are investigating the shooting. The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave.
Willie McCoy's death took place nearly twenty years to the date of Amadou Diallo being gunned down by plain-clothed New York City cops on February 4, 1999. Those NYC officers fired 41 shots at the unarmed 22-year-old Bronx resident.
All four officers in the Diallo case were charged with second-degree murder and reckless endangerment but later acquitted. The city eventually settled a wrongful death/racial profiling civil lawsuit filed by Diallo's parents for $3 million.