In an unusual move, Miami police on Wednesday announced it has fired an officer for the shooting death of an unarmed motorist two years ago.
In a brief statement, the department said Officer Reynaldo Goyos, who has been on the force for seven-years, has been terminated because his discharge of firearm on February 10, 2011 was found to be unjustified by the Department.
Killed in the police shooting was driver Travis McNeil, 28, who was in a car with his cousin. Both men were unarmed.
The firing is unexpected because in June, the Miami-Dade state attorneys office cleared Goyos of any criminal act in the fatal shooting of McNeil. They said the shooting was legally justified because McNeil, reached down into his car during the traffic stop at 11 p.m. and Goyos believed he was reaching for a weapon.
In the news release, the department said: This termination is based strictly upon a violation of Miami polices Deadly Force Policy.
McNeil and his 30-year-old cousin Kareem Williams, who was also shot, had been pulled over by Goyos for running a red light and driving erractically after they left the now-closed Take One Cocktail Lounge at 333 NE 79th St.. For some reason, the officer opened fire on the two men in the car.
McNeil died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Williams was wounded by the officer in the arm, back and abdomen.
But no weapon was found in McNeils car, only the cellphone that had fallen from his lap, the state attorneys office said in its report.
Prosecutors found that a manslaughter prosecution wasnt likely to succeed because the state couldnt disprove that Goyos wasnt in fear for his life at the time of the shooting.
The shooting angered many activists and was the last of seven deadly police shootings of black men in Miamis inner city in just seven months.
All of the shootings happened under the watch of former police chief Miguel Exposito and all but two of the men were armed, according to reports in The Miami Herald.
The department said the case is now closed.
Miami Herald newspartners CBS4 contributed to this report