A 21-year-old United States rapper was shot dead by six police officers after he fell asleep inside his auto in a Taco Bell drive-through.
"We can not fathom why they would have to shoot him", said David Harrison, the cousin of slain man Willie McCoy.
His older brother, Marc McCoy, told the Guardian: "There was no attempt to try to work out a peaceful solution".
Police say McCoy, known as Willie Bo of group FBG, had a handgun in his lap when he was found unresponsive in the driver's seat of a silver Mercedes that was locked but running in a Taco Bell drive-thru around 10:30pm. Police said officers told the man several times to put his hands up, but he did not comply and "instead he quickly moved his hands downward for the firearm". Six officers then fired their guns within the span of four seconds out of "fear for their own safety".
A loaded handgun was recovered from the Mercedes, police said. McCoy was pronounced dead on site.More news: Serial killer shares portraits he made of unidentified victims
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrate leave.
Harrison later posted a Facebook video saying his cousin was asleep in the auto and slammed the police department for opening fire.
"It's a really big loss".
"The police's job is to arrest people who are breaking the law - not take the law into your own hands". "There's a lot of grieving going on, trying to make sense of this thing". Results of an autopsy, not yet available, will include how many times McCoy was hit by gunfire, as well as a toxicology report. 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.More news: Brock Long Steps Down As FEMA Administrator
"Racist police maybe?" wrote one user on one of his Instagram posts. He represents hip-hop music.
According to the Chronicle, Saturday's shooting was the third time in recent years that Bay Area police shot an armed man after trying to wake him up. They said he refused to let go of his gun, which prompted the officers to shoot.
But Willie McCoy's family has pushed back, saying the aspiring rapper was not a threat to the officers as he was just waking up.More news: Horse racing in Britain to resume Wednesday -BHA