Vallejo in the Spotlight After Fatal Police Shootings

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Willie McCoy was shot and killed by Vallejo police as he appeared to sleep in his car in a Taco Bell parking lot. (Courtesy of David Harrison)

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Police shootings of Black and Latino men have sparked protest here in California, and across the nation.

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Oscar Grant. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Freddie Gray.

On today’s California Report Magazine, we visit a California suburb grappling with officer-involved shootings.

Vallejo is a diverse East Bay city of about 120,000 people, on the waterfront in Solano County.

In February, Vallejo police officers shot a young black man 55 times after he was found unconscious in his car. Another was killed last year after an officer tried to stop him for riding a bike without a safety light.

Community members are asking for accountability, and demanding answers.

We’re devoting our whole show to reporting from KQED’s Ericka Cruz Guevarra, a producer with the podcast The Bay.

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