(Vallejo, CA-AP) — The family of a young Bay Area rapper is demanding the release of body cam footage after he was shot and killed by police. Twenty-year-old Willie McCoy was allegedly sleeping in his car when six officers approached him in the parking lot of a Vallejo Taco Bell on Saturday night. They were responding to a call of a man slumped over inside a car.
They claim the two responding officers saw a gun on the man’s lap, so they called for backup. They attempted to open the door and grab the gun but the door was locked. The driver woke up and moved suddenly. The officers claim they gave him several commands to put his hands up. They claim the driver did not comply and continued to move his hands down.
Subsequently, the six officers fired their weapons at the driver. But a video taken by a bystander shows the cops opened fired and then asked McCoy to see his hands.
He died at the scene. Vallejo Police said the shooting is being investigated by the Solano County District Attorney’s Office.
(Milwaukee, WI) – Are we all watching the same video? Supporters of Milwaukee Bucks baller Sterling Brown are shocked this morning after reports that the City Attorney is defending the officers who tasered him.
If you recall, back in January Sterling was cited for a parking violation. But things went left when the cop called for backup and Brown who was standing with his hands in his pockets was wrestled to the ground by the group and tasered.
Two of the police officers were also caught on video saying that the city would be in an uproar because he’s an athlete. In total, 11 officers were disciplined for their actions. Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Brown who filed suit in June alleging unwarranted force was used. It also says he was targeted because he was black.
(East Pittsburgh, PA) – The policeman who fatally shot an unarmed teenager earlier this month is now facing charges. Prosecutors in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania are charging East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld with criminal homicide in the death of 17-year old Antwon Rose Jr.
The officer shot Rose in the back three times when the teenager ran from a traffic stop on June 19th. Rose was taken to a hospital where he died.
(Sacramento, CA) – A California Senate committee is advancing a bill that restricts police officers from using deadly force. Senator Steven Bradford says the change is necessary to address racism in California.
AB 931 would change the language in policy from “reasonable force” to “necessary force” and would only justify lethal measures if there are no other alternatives. The California Senate Committee on Public Safety has advanced the legislation. The bill is now heading to another committee. However, it’s very controversial and is receiving tough opposition from law enforcement agencies.
(Pittsburgh, PA) – People in Pittsburgh are protesting over the death of an unarmed black teenager who was shot by police during a traffic stop. Seventeen-year-old Antwon Rose was struck three times in the back while running from officers Tuesday night.
Police say he and another person were fleeing from a car that was pulled over because of its possible involvement in a shooting earlier in another city. The driver of the car was a 20-year-old man that was taken into custody, but later released.
The officer involved in the shooting was reportedly sworn into the police department the same day, but is said to have past police experience. Two guns were found in the vehicle Rose was in. The officer is on paid leave.
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Police Department and the city are now facing a federal civil rights lawsuit from Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown over his arrest in January.
The lawsuit claims excessive force and wrongful arrest and accuses police of violating his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Attorney Mark Thomsen said it also reflects that for too long in Milwaukee, “African-American men have been arrested, abused, and as in the case of Dontre Hamilton, killed as a result of bad police work.”
Police used a Taser on Brown during his arrest for parking in two handicapped spaces at a Walgreen’s store back in January. The lawsuit also alleges officers tried to reframe what happened in the incident report to make it sound like Brown resisted and obstructed them. Body-camera videos appeared to show that Brown never threatened police.
(MILWAUKEE, WI) – NBA player Sterling Brown says he tried to remain calm when Milwaukee police used a stun gun to take him down during his arrest for a parking violation.
In an interview aired on ABC’s ”Good Morning America” Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks player says police pinned him down and held his hands behind his back then used a Taser on him outside a Walgreens store Jan. 26.
An officer approached Brown for illegal parking, called for backup and six squads responded.
Brown says he gets mad every time he watches the police body camera video because he was ”pretty much defenseless.” The video was publicly released Wednesday.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports three officers have been disciplined in the arrest, with suspensions ranging from two to 15
(Buena Park, CA) – Security camera footage shows an off-duty police officer pull a gun on a man he suspected of stealing Mentos at a California gas station. It happened in March in Buena Park when Jose Arreola stopped to get cash from an ATM and pick up the mints for his wife.
The footage shows Arreola hand the cashier a 20-dollar-bill and pocket the mints while waiting for change. The officer, standing behind him, immediately pulled a gun and demanded Arreola put the mints, worth one-dollar-and-19 cents back on the counter.
He tried to explain he had paid for the mints but the officer told him to take his change and leave. Arreola says the entire incident was traumatic and he’s suing the local police department.
(Sacramento, CA) – Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones says an investigation is under way after a sheriff’s patrol vehicle struck a protester and drove away Saturday night. Jones said he isn’t even sure if the deputy realized he clipped someone because he may have been focused on protesters who had surrounded his vehicle.
Jones released dashcam video from two patrol vehicles on the scene. The video showed a group of what he called professional protesters and instigators surrounding the vehicles. He said that group was not part of larger protests that evening.
People had taken to the streets to protest the police shooting of an unarmed black man.
(Sacramento, CA) – The Reverend Al Sharpton is calling for justice and offering support to the family of an unarmed black man shot and killed by police in Sacramento, California. Sharpton said the family of Stephon Clark “are why we are here.” Delivering the eulogy yesterday for Clark in a packed Sacramento church, Sharpton challenged the White House contention that police shootings are “a local matter.”
He called deadly police shootings a national issue and that Clark’s death has brought people of all religions together. He vowed they can make President Trump and the whole world deal with the issue of police misconduct. Sharpton proclaimed, “Stephon has woke up the nation.” The 22-year-old Clark was shot to death in his grandmother’s backyard by police earlier this month.
Sharpton was embraced by a sometimes distraught Stevante Clark, Stephon’s brother. He marched around the church and hugged his brother’s casket before taking over the church pulpit to express his anger and call for a library to be built in the name of his brother. He tightly grabbed Sharpton, who defended the man’s actions by saying you don’t tell people in pain how to handle pain.