· In Remembrance ·
OUR LIVES ARE IN DANGER
These are the stories of people who have been shot and killed by City of Vallejo officials.
These men were torn apart from their community.
Read their stories and sign the petition to bring justice to their loved ones.
Willie McCoy, Age 20
On February 9, 2019, Willie McCoy was shot and killed by six Vallejo officials while sitting in his car in the drive-thru of a Taco Bell. The body camera footage suggests he was not awake when the six officials opened fire. Willie appeared to be scratching himself and not grabbing for a weapon; he never heard the officers identify themselves as police. Attorneys for Willie’s family said he was shot about 55 times, including in the face, throat, and upper body. All six of the officers, who have served from 7 months to 12 years with the City of Vallejo were placed back on duty.
Angel Ramos, Age 21
A Vallejo official shot and killed Angel Ramos who was engaged in a fist fight on the night of January 23, 2017. In a press statement, officials said Angel “presented himself as an immediate and lethal threat to the victim” and that they were fighting with sticks and knives but no weapon was found near Angel’s body. In February 2018, the Solano County District Attorney cleared the officer and concluded that they acted “objectively reasonable and necessary to defend others from imminent death or great bodily injury.”
Ronell Foster, Age 32
On February 13, 2018, a father of two young children, Ronell Foster was killed after being shot multiple times in the back and in the head as he attempted to flee a city official while riding his bicycle in his own neighborhood. An officer decided to hassle Ronell for a petty infraction while riding his bicycle, chased him down in an alley, tased him, and struck him several times with his flashlight, splitting open Ronell’s head while he laid on the ground in fear of his life.
Jeremiah Moore, Age 29
On October 21, 2012, a city official acted on a call about a domestic disturbance. A report came in after neighbors heard a commotion in Jeremiah Moore’s front yard and called 911. Jeremiah was a friendly neighbor with autism and lived with his boyfriend. In a press release, Vallejo officials said they fatally injured Jeremiah after he threatened an officer with a rifle. Witnesses said Jeremiah was outside and with nothing in his hands when a city official shot and killed him standing a few feet away.
Anton Barrett Sr., Age 41
Anton Barrett was shot and killed on Memorial Day in 2012 after he was allegedly running towards a Vallejo official with what turned out to be his black metal wallet. The shooting occurred while city officials conducted a DUI patrol and spotted a car driving without its headlights on. At one point, an official asked Anton to stop and raise his hands while running toward the officer. Anton reached into his hooded sweatshirt to pull out a dark, metallic object and the official fired several shots and proceeded to shock him with a stun gun after reportedly running towards the official with a gun. The officials were placed on paid leave following the shooting and found to be not criminally liable for Anton’s death.