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Son of Man Killed by Miami Police Demands "Change"

Family of Travis McNeil meets with city's top cop



    A 10-year-old who lost his dad wants answers from Chief Miguel Exposito. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011)

    The young son of a man shot and killed by police in Miami earlier this month said he wants answers for his dad's death.

    "One thing needs to change," said 10-year-old Travis McNeil Jr. "But I'm not sure what it is." 

    Travis McNeil Sr. and cousin Kareem Williams were shot by police during a Feb. 11 traffic stop. Both McNeil, 28, and Williams, 30, were reportedly unarmed.

    The McNeil family was at police headquarters Wednesday morning for a meeting with Chief Miguez Exposito, who is reaching out to the families of seven men killed by Miami officers since he became the city's top cop.

    The McNeils were the first ones to take Exposito up on his offer, after the family of DeCarlos Moore, who was killed by police during a traffic stop last July, declined the face-to-face Tuesday.

    "I just want to know what happened to my child," Shelia McNeil, the mother of the slain man, said before the Exposito meeting. Afterwards, she said it was some help but there were "still no real answers.

    "Something is definitely wrong," she said.

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    Ron Robinson, Travis Sr.'s brother said he would go into the meeting with an open mind.

    "I want to know what's going on at the Miami Police Department," Robinson said.

    It's unknown how many other families are planning on meeting with Exposito, but at least one other family said they won't.

    Aaron Foster, whose son was the target of a cop's bullet earlier this year, said he has nothing to say to Exposito.