Ronell Foster was fire and ice. The 33-year-old resident of Vallejo, California, was known as CatDaddy to his parents and friends. He was a loving son to his parents, and a devoted dad to his two kids. But he also had learning disabilities and emotional problems that made him irrational and paranoid. His ex-girlfriend’s family had a restraining order against him, and he had spent the better part of his adult life in trouble with the cops, repeatedly arrested for driving under the influence and auto theft. He was serving time under official supervision, trying to straighten his life out with the support of his girlfriend.
Ronell Foster was murdered by police on February 13, 2018, for riding his bicycle. A cop spied him riding his bike at night without a headlamp and decided to stop him for vehicle code violations. The cop tried to pull him over, but Ronell continued on pedaling. After three blocks, Ronell ditched the bike and the cop tackled him to the ground. The cop tased Ronell twice, and while he was stunned, bludgeoned him with his flashlight on the head and torso several times, cracking Ronell’s skull. When the cop stood up to catch his breath, Ronell swatted the flashlight out of his hands and attempted to escape over a fence. The cop shot him seven times in his back and head. The cop was not charged with any crime, and he would go on to murder Willie McCoy a year later. The police department has since destroyed all photos taken of the Ronell Foster crime scene.
Black lives matter.