MIAMI — An arbitrator says a Miami police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man in 2011 used justifiable force and should be reinstated.
Reynaldo Goyos was fired in 2013 after the Miami Police Department's Firearms Review Board issued its finding. The shooting happened in 2011 as Goyos and a multi-agency task force targeted gang members. According to reports, Goyos approached the suspects' vehicle and opened fire after seeing a "black object" on Travis McNeil. McNeil died and Kareem Williams was injured. It was the seventh fatal shooting of a young black man over an eight-month period, raising tensions in inner city neighborhoods.
A review board found Goyos used "unjustified" deadly force at the time. But the Fraternal Order of Police sent out a statement Saturday noting the state attorney has since found the officer's actions legally justified. An independent arbitrator concurred and ruled Goyos should be reinstated.