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Lawsuit Against Vallejo Police to be Announced Thursday

A rally and an announcement of legal action against the Vallejo Police Department will be held Thursday afternoon in front of Vallejo City Hall for a 20-year-old rapper shot dead by Vallejo police, the office of civil rights attorney John Burris said Wednesday.

The rally will start at 2 p.m. at City Hall at 555 Santa Clara St. for Willie McCoy who was shot 25 times by police after they found him asleep in a car at a Taco Bell drive-thru Feb. 9.

Burris will demand that police immediately release body-worn camera footage from McCoy's shooting.

Burris said McCoy was shot after he was startled awake and that police "did not even try to safely retrieve Mr. McCoy from the car through the open passenger window while he was asleep, after telling the public that Mr. McCoy's car was locked."

The attorney said police showed "an egregious lack of concern for the preservation of human life."

He said his office is also representing Adrian Burrell, an African American Marine Veteran, who was allegedly violently assaulted by Vallejo police Officer David McLaughlin after Burrell started videotaping McLaughlin making a traffic stop.

Vallejo police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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