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Feb. 10, 2011 — Miami

The operation was meant to arrest gang members and get guns off the streets.

Just after 11 p.m., three unmarked police cars boxed in Travis McNeil's burgundy Kia Sorrento.

McNeil, 28, and his cousin, Kareem Williams, 30, had just been kicked out of the Take One Lounge on the edge of Little Haiti, a strip club officers had been watching. Police said that McNeil sped through a red light and was driving erratically. Read more

Miami police Officer Reynaldo Goyos walked up to the driver's window with his gun drawn. He said that McNeil ignored commands to show his hands and hunched over as if to pull a gun from his waistband or pick up something.

Goyos said he saw a black object in his hand and fired three shots, wounding Williams twice and killing McNeil with a shot to his left armpit area.

No guns were found. McNeil may have been reaching for a black cellphone.

The state attorney's office cleared Goyos, but the police department fired him in 2013 for “an unjustified use of deadly force.” He was re-instated after arbitration.

In March 2015, the city agreed to a $975,000 payment to the estate of Travis McNeil. The estate also reached a $150,000 settlement with federal agencies.

Williams sued the city in 2015 for negligence and battery.

This was the 18th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Miami .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Jacksonville .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer approached Williams and McNeil after they were suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  2. Police thought McNeil, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon before shooting him. Thirty-eight unarmed people were shot when police said they saw them reach for something.
  3. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Williams and McNeil's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  4. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Williams and McNeil for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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