THE GUARDIAN — Vallejo police released body-camera footage of 20-year-old Willie McCoy’s killing, which happened at a Bay-area Taco Bell in February. The footage confirms that Vallejo police did not try to wake McCoy nor talk to him before opening fire on his vehicle. As he slept in the Taco Bell drive-thru, police spotted a gun in McCoy’s lap and proceeded to aim their weapons at his head. In the next few seconds, McCoy was shot at least 25 times by six officers. McCoy’s family is represented by NBL Top 100 Executive Committee Member John L. Burris who says the family intends to file a civil rights lawsuit against the officers and police agency. Read the full article >>
CNN reports that residents of a Rialto, California neighborhood called the police on four women who were checking out of their Airbnb rental property. Rialto police detained Kelly Fyffe-Marshall and her three friends — two of them African-American like her — for 45 minutes while the police attempted to determine whether or not a crime had been committed. This is one of several recent incidents in which people of color across the country have been either arrested or detained by police for innocuous acts.
A court hearing is being held in California to set a court date in a lawsuit accusing Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting a teenager at the Playboy mansion more than 40 years ago. The victim accuses the comedian of forcing her to perform a sexual act when she was 15 years old. The 79-year-old Cosby is facing lawsuits by 10 women, and has been accused of sexual abuse by nearly 60 women. More on the hearing in this story at Law Newz.