Attorney: Two deadly Vallejo police shootings involved same officer

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VALLEJO (KRON) — Attorneys and a Vallejo family held a press conference Wednesday calling on the state attorney general to investigate the Vallejo Police Department.

This comes in the wake of multiple police misconduct lawsuits and two deadly police shootings allegedly by the same officer.

“Mr. Foster sustained bullet holes in his side, in the back of the head and three to four in the back,” said civil rights attorney Patrick Buelna.

“Seeing my son murdered like that is the worse thing I can ever endure in my life,” said Paula McGowan, the mother of Ronell Foster.

The family of Foster was at the law office of civil rights attorney John Burris calling on the California state attorney general’s office to investigate the Vallejo Police Department for what he says is a pattern of abusing civil rights.

“To look at Vallejo PD from a question of pattern and practice as to whether or not the conduct of the department allows for discriminatory policing to occur,” said Burris.

Burris says he currently has over ten open police misconduct claims against Vallejo Police.

He says two of the most recent, the 2019 shooting death of Willie McCoy and the 2018 shooting death of Ronell Foster, involved the same officer.

This week Vallejo Police released body camera footage of that shooting. The video was later visually enhanced by Burris’ office.

Police say Foster was stopped by police while riding a bike, which led to a foot pursuit prior to the deadly altercation. However Burris says the video is an example of the problem because the officer did not turn it on at the beginning of the incident. 

“But he didn’t do it. That was something that he decided to do and he only turned it on after the shooting had taken place which then doesn’t allow for a clear picture of his conduct,” Burris said.

“Murder is murder, two killings in 365-days a part in one town,” said Foster’s aunt, Angela Giles.

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