Recently released body cam footage captured on the night of the fatal shooting of California resident Willie McCoy showed officers shooting the victim without clear motivation.
KTVU reports the Vallejo Police Department released the 30-minute body cam footage on Friday.
"This is our first time releasing video in this fashion and it is our hope that we can provide sufficient context for the community to understand the facts of this case," the department said in a statement.
The 20-year-old rapper was seen in a silver sedan on February 9, asleep at a Taco Bell drive-thru. Officers were called to investigate the matter, but one of the officers noticed a gun on McCoy's lap setting off a chain of events leading to his death.
In the cam footage, viewers can see officers surround the Mercedes. They thought the door was unlocked at the time but later realized it wasn't. After roughly four minutes, McCoy moves slightly to scratch his left shoulder.
The sudden moment triggered police sending them into high alert. Then, police gave McCoy one command to put up his hands and within three seconds fired upon him several times.
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Police have gone on record stating they gave McCoy multiple chances to comply, but the video suggests they did not. The Guardian reports the footage also failed to capture the rapper reaching for the gun as officers claimed.
"He's got a gun in his lap. The magazine's half out, so he's only got one shot if he shoots. Door looks unlocked," said an officer. "I'm thinking we snatch him out."
The six officers responsible for the shooting have been identified as Collin Eaton, Bryan Glick, Jordan Patzer, Anthony Romero-Cano, Mark Thompson and Ryan McMahon.
McMahon was involved in a fatal police-involved shooting last year.
“There’s a thousand videos on YouTube that show police misconduct, whether it’s beatings of citizens or killing them,” Marc McCoy, Willie's older brother, told the Guardian. “It gets dismissed … The Vallejo police saw the video, and they don’t think there’s anything wrong with it or that the officers did anything criminal.”
Attorney John Burris, who represents the family, said his clients would file a civil rights suit against the officers and the police department.
The unnerving body cam video in its entirety is below:
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