'Never Going to Get Over This': 6 Cops Shoot Dozing Rapper

Six Police Officers Shoot Dead Californian Rapper Asleep In His Car

Police in northern California are conducting a probe following outrage over the fatal shooting of 21-year-old rapper Willie McCoy, who was found sleeping in his vehicle outside a Taco Bell.

"We can not fathom why they would have to shoot him", said David Harrison, the cousin of slain man Willie McCoy.

McCoy's cousin David Harrison told the Los Angeles Times that the Bay Area aspiring rapper was an "ambitious goodhearted kid".

Police explained that upon arriving at the Taco Bell at 974 Admiral Callaghan Lane, two officers approached the vehicle and "noticed the driver was unresponsive and had a handgun on his lap". The officers called for backup and asked the young man to "keep his hands visible" before firing multiple rounds after believing he reached for his weapon. "Instead he quickly moved his hands downward for the firearm", a police statement reads, per the San Jose Mercury News.

Then, six police officers opened fire at McCoy for about four seconds, Buzzfeed noted.

In a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle, police said things took a turn for the worse when the sleeping victim made a sudden movement.

Mr McCoy died at the scene.

As six cops approached the auto, McCoy, who they described as "unresponsive", suddenly began to move.

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The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrate leave.

Officers from the town of Vallejo responded to call at 10.30pm on Monday, requesting they check on the driver of a vehicle parked at a Taco Bell.

"It's a really big loss".

Authorities have not confirmed his identity and said the autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.

"Racist police maybe?" wrote one user on one of his Instagram posts.

"The police's job is to arrest people who are breaking the law - not take the law into your own hands". Speaking with The Guardian on Wednesday, McCoy's accused police of racial profiling and acting as "judge, jury, and executioner" against a man who had been sleeping in his auto. Police have a campaign of executing young black men who fit a certain profile.

Harrison also said McCoy had been to a studio recording session earlier in the day before dropping off his girlfriend and going to get food at Taco Bell. He represents hip-hop music. Oakland police killed a sleeping homeless man in 2018 after claiming he was armed. They said he refused to let go of his gun, which prompted the officers to shoot.

The rapper's brother, Marc McCoy, spoke out about his sibling's death.

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