City of Miami approves nearly $1 million payout to family of Travis McNeil

McNeil shot, killed by police officer in 2011


MIAMI – The city of Miami has settled a civil rights lawsuit with the family of a man shot and killed by a police officer in 2011.

On Thursday, Miami commissioners approved a $975,000 payout to Travis McNeil's estate, which had already reached a $150,000 settlement with federal agencies who were participating in the operation that resulted in his death.

The Miami Police Department fired Officer Reynaldo Goyos, a seven-year veteran, after its firearm review board ruled he violated the department's deadly force policy.

Goyos shot and killed McNeil on Feb. 10, 2011, after a traffic stop. McNeil's cousin, Kareem Williams, was a passenger in the car and was injured in the shooting.

The board ruled Goyos acted in violation of the deadly force policy because no one was in imminent danger when the shooting happened. The board also ruled Goyos never should have approached the vehicle. No weapons were found on McNeil or Williams.

McNeil was one of seven African-American men killed by city of Miami police officers during seven months in late 2010 and early 2011.

McNeil is survived by his 14-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.

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