Deadly police shootings and race the topic of Bay Area filmmaker's new documentary

1/18/2022 10:28:00 AM

A new documentary by a Bay Area filmmaker examines several deadly police shootings including one in Vallejo.

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A new documentary by a Bay Area filmmaker examines several deadly police shootings including one in Vallejo .

A new documentary by a Bay Area filmmaker examines several deadly police shootings including one in Vallejo .

It's been almost three years since Willie McCoy was shot and killed by Vallejo Police.His brother Cory McCoy said he hopes the film will bring more attention to police killings and bring about change."They open fire and execute him," said McCoy as he pointed to an enlarged photo of a police officer aiming a gun at his younger brother Willie while the 20-year-old was asleep in his car at a fast-food restaurant drive through.  

It's an image McCoy said he took from the body cam video released by police."Our family is still somewhat stunned about the lack of outrage," said McCoy. He's grateful Willie's story will be among those told in a new documentary,

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They said he had a gun on his lap.More News Videos Sunday's tsunami advisory got the attention of thousands in the Bay Area and left some neighbors running for safety.The first tsunami waves arrived in California around 7:30 a.Ocean Beach is seen in San Francisco on January 15, 2022 during a tsunami alert after Tonga volcanic eruption.

It's been almost three years since Willie McCoy was shot and killed by Vallejo Police. His brother Cory McCoy said he hopes the film will bring more attention to police killings and bring about change.S. "They open fire and execute him," said McCoy as he pointed to an enlarged photo of a police officer aiming a gun at his younger brother Willie while the 20-year-old was asleep in his car at a fast-food restaurant drive through. Forecasters said it appeared that tsunami waves reached San Francisco around 9 a.   It's an image McCoy said he took from the body cam video released by police. San Francisco Fire said they rescued 3 people and made 25 safety contacts in total Saturday in the city's beaches. "Our family is still somewhat stunned about the lack of outrage," said McCoy. In San Francisco, the fire department reported three water rescues were needed, including one off Ocean Beach, where waves were so strong a surfer's board broke.

He's grateful Willie's story will be among those told in a new documentary, "Use of Force: The Policing of Black America."At first I didn't see anything," said Santa Cruz resident Edward Martinez, who was monitoring the levels. "Rising water levels for the San Francisco Bay shoreline are likely to be imminent to at least peak ‘King Tide’ levels," the National Weather Service tweeted."   On the night of February 9, 2019, Willie was shot and killed by six police officers and none was charged.  "Fifty plus bullets when you didn't get a chance to beg for your life," said Attorney Adante Pointer who represents the McCoy family. The flume went away, but the water kept going up and up.   A special prosecutor found that all six officers were legally justified. Weather officials urged residents to also stay away from harbors, marinas, bays and breakwaters. Pointer said Willie's family has filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Vallejo and the Police Department. While the tsunami advisory receded in the Bay Area and most of Northern California Sunday, the extent of damage to Tonga remains unclear. Once on scene, a sheriff's deputy spotted a man waving around the corner of a cliff.

"We're going to keep fighting to find out the true facts," said Pointer.   The 84-minute documentary looked at several police killings across the country and features interviews including law enforcement, the family of those who lost their lives, and people in a position to make change. In Marin, the sheriff's office asked issued a similar call. It's the work of Bay Area filmmaker Cary Grant Jr.   SEE ALSO: No charges against Vallejo cops in deadly shooting "I learned a lot about the complexity of law enforcement, about the relationship between police, the prosecutor's office and people of color," said Grant, "It's not just about racism. It's cultural. Meteorologists said the tsunami waves will arrive in pulses throughout the day..

The more people we get to talk about the issue, even if it's uncomfortable to talk about, the more we can come up with solutions." McCoy said his brother overcame a difficult life, having lost both parents before he was 10. Willie was killed just one month before turning 21. These water level surges can overwhelm and overtake people and pull them out to sea," the National Weather Service said. "It hurts to the soul to know he's just not here to have that opportunity to live out his life," McCoy said. He said the film gives his brother and others killed by police a voice.

The filmmaker said the documentary will be screened in Oakland and across the country starting next month. Video posted to social media showed large waves washing ashore in coastal areas, swirling around homes and buildings. KTVU reached out to Vallejo Police. The department did not directly address the Willie McCoy case. But it did say it is reforming policies, procedure and training. The Tonga Meteorological Services said a tsunami warning was in effect for all of the archipelago, and data from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center showed waves of 80 centimeters had been detected. For the first time in more than 20 years, there were no police shootings in Vallejo in 2021.

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