Family Of Man Killed By Miami Police Seeks Answers

MIAMI (CBS4) – The mother of a Miami man who was gunned down by police last year wants answers from Miami’s police chief.

On Tuesday Sheila McNeil planned to ask Chief Miguel Exposito why her son’s car was pulled over and why police opened fire. Twenty eight year old Travis McNeil was killed, his 30-year old cousin injured, on February 10th as the pair left the Take 1 Lounge.

They were pulled over by an unmarked police car and shot by the officers inside. Police have not said what prompted the officers to open fire. McNeil said her son and nephew were not armed.

“I just want to know what happened to my son,” said McNeil as she made her way through a throng of reporters waiting for her in the lobby of police headquarters.

Outside the courthouse before the meeting, Travis McNeil’s cousin Dartania McNeil had a very definite opinion of Exposito and the job he’s been doing.

“The chief needs to be gone,” said Dartania McNeil. “With the shooting what happened, what happened. It was a routine traffic stop which resulted in him being killed. It doesn’t make sense. I want to know why the car was stopped.”

Travis McNeil’s 10-year-old son, Travis, also attended the meeting with Exposito who offered his condolences and promised to get answers.

“When I heard that an officer shot my father, I lost all respect for the police, all of them, but since this happened, I gained their respect again,” said McNeil’s son.

But Sheila McNeil is still left with questions, “the meeting was more about us learning the policies and the way things are and that was some help, but it was not really a help right now in understanding what happened to my son.”  She also wants answers as to why “there are so many killings under their belt.”

“One of the things he promised would be that they will keep in contact with the family and when they were able to answer questions they would let them know,” said Delrish Moss, the Executive Assistant to the Chief.

The events which led up to the death of McNeil are being reviewed by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.  Miami’s embattled police chief is in the process of meeting privately with each of the families of seven men who were shot and killed by Miami police officers since early last year. All but two of the men were armed.

Not every family, however, has agreed to meet with Expositio. On Tuesday the mother of Decarlos Moore, who was shot by police last July, turned down the chief’s invitation for a meeting.

  • DLAN Records

    First. My condolences go out to the family afflicted by this tragedy; especially to Ms. Sheila McNeil. Second. I was not there therefore I can’t pass any judgment. However, I would like to make this clear. In life, there are good and bad people. There are two side of any given story. The police officers and the people who got shot.
    If and only if Mr, Travis McNeil were to listen to the advice of his mother by going to school instead of the advice of the so-called friends and with all due respect, so-called family; he would have been here today. Therefore there’s would be no need to point fingers at law enforcement.
    As the quote states: “show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.” With all due respect and if I may, if Mr. Travis McNeil would have RESPECT himself, he would have been here – ALIVE. The eminence of life is present in everyone. And every human being, including me, has a right to the joy of living with RESPECT and dignity.
    Once again, My condolences go out to the family afflicted by this tragedy; especially to Ms. Sheila McNeil. Until then, God bless

  • tiredofcorruption

    We really don’t want to call these police officers criminals but it seems they are. Only police get to clam up this way just like the Constitution or rather Miranda says. Either the police acted in self-defense or they murdered this man. Don’t believe license, registration and insurance card was the concern of any officer involved.

  • Mike C. Caine

    The family will NEVER know what happened because the State Attorney’s Office will cover the shooting up like always. You do not have to be a genius to become a cop. The majority of cops are thugs also that could not do anything with their lives… especially the City of Mi-jami cops. The moral of the story is get stopped by a cop and you are going to be molested or shot.

    I love the cop defenders on these boards. They are really insane!

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