“The family of a young Bay Area rapper who was killed when police officers opened fire after he had fallen asleep in his car is demanding the release of police bodycam footage and questioning whether deadly force was justified.
Police in Vallejo, California, said in a news release that the six officers shot “multiple rounds” at the driver — identified by his family as Willie McCoy, 20 — in the span of four seconds Saturday night in a Taco Bell parking lot. It’s unclear how many bullets struck McCoy, but his family said they believe at least 20 may have hit his car based on the number of holes that witnesses counted at the scene.
“It seems like an execution,” David Harrison, McCoy’s cousin and manager, said Wednesday. “It looks like my baby cousin was executed by a firing squad.”
Rachel Maddow explains how Nancy Pelosi could pass a referendum in the House opposing Donald Trump’s border emergency declaration that would force a vote in the Senate where some Republicans who have already criticized that idea would be forced to either oppose Trump or contradict their own stated positions.
A Florida woman was recorded going on a racist and violent rant against a black officer after he arrested her for drunk driving.
Julie Edwards, 53, told Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputy Brandon King that her “KKK friends would burn his family” and that “niggers should’ve never been let out of slavery,” according to a police report provided to BuzzFeed News.
Republicans in Wisconsin’s Senate on Wednesday refused to allow the state to honor civil rights activist and former NFL star Colin Kaepernick in its ceremonial resolution for Black History Month.
All the Republicans in the state Senate, who control the chamber, voted 19-14, against Senate Democrats to pass a Black History Month resolution that did not include Kaepernick’s name on its list of honorees, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday.
Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix show goes further than even John Oliver in skewering technology.
On a recent episode of Patriot Act, “Content Moderation and Free Speech,” Hasan Minhaj walks onstage, framed by graphics flipping through images of Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, floppy disks, and the Facebook thumbs-up. He soon asks the audience—and the viewers watching online—to think back to a time when we were excited to connect to the entire world through the internet.