Graphic Vallejo Police Body Camera Footage Shows Taco Bell Drive-Thru Shooting Death

Police in Vallejo, California have now released body camera footage showing the shooting death of 20-year-old Willie McCoy, who was hit by a barrage of bullets while asleep in a Taco Bell drive-thru in February.

Six Vallejo Police officers shot and killed McCoy after Taco Bell employees reported he was unresponsive inside his car around 10:30 p.m. on February 9. Responding officers say they noticed a gun on his lap, blocked in his car and issued several voice commands to McCoy before he awoke. The body cam video released by the City of Vallejo last week shows McCoy moving his hand to scratch his side as several flashlights and guns are pointed at him through the driver's side window.

McCoy, who several friends and family described as an aspiring hip-hop artist, died at the scene and his family said officers left his body on the ground "like an animal carcass."

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Graphic Vallejo, California police body camera footage shows the shooting death of Willie McCoy, 20, as he woke up in a Taco Bell drive-thru last month. Screenshot: Vallejo Police body cam footage

The official video release Friday from the City of Vallejo describes the lead-up to the Taco Bell drive-thru shooting: "Officers attempted to retrieve the gun from the driver's lap, quickly and without disturbing the driver. However, the door was locked. Officers attempted to secure the driver's car by placing a car in front and behind the driver to pin it in. While the second car was approaching to pin the car, the driver awoke. Officers directed the driver to hold his hands up and show his hands. The driver was not cooperative to the orders. The driver then reached down for his gun and officers fired at the driver. He was then pulled from the car and officers began immediate medical procedures to save his life. Those efforts were not successful and the driver died."

Police officers can be seen assessing the situation for a few minutes prior to the shooting as they discuss the firearm and make sure no other passengers are in the vehicle. "The magazine's out, so if he shoots, he's only got one shot," the officer holding the gun and flashlight to the window is heard saying. However, the subtitled official video release says the officer was mistaken, "In fact, the gun was loaded with an extended 14-round magazine extending past the grip."

"I'm thinking we snatch him out. I don't even want to give it a chance," one officer says. "I'm going to go in there, I'm going to grab that gun. I'll yank him out. If he reaches for it...Yup," the officers nods affirmatively.

McCoy's older brother, Marc, told The Guardian there is little likelihood any justice would be served against the responding officers who shot and killed his younger brother.

"There's a thousand videos on YouTube that show police misconduct," Marc McCoy said. "Whether it's beatings of citizens or killing them -- 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."

Video from another witness at the scene already posted to social media appeared to show the officers opening fire prior to offering any verbal warnings to the sleeping McCoy. Vallejo police repeatedly reiterated the door to the vehicle was locked and they were boxing his car in when he "suddenly" moved, according to a statement.

"There was no attempt to try to work out a peaceful solution," McCoy continued, in an interview with The Guardian. "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 … We're never going to get over this."

Below is the full 29-minute body camera footage released by the City of Vallejo Friday, several other angles and video from other officers is available on the city's YouTube page.

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