As Ferguson, Missouri, has descended into a nightmarish vision of a dystopian police state, few have watched the growing clashes between protesters and authorities with a perspective quite like Sheila McNeil's. As a young woman in Overtown, McNeil lived through Miami's own version of Ferguson -- the McDuffie riots that tore through the neighborhood in 1980. And three years ago, a police officer shot and killed McNeil's unarmed son, 28-year-old Travis McNeil.
|Photo by Tim Elfrink|
|Sheila McNeil holds a poster showing her son, Travis, who was unarmed when a Miami police officer shot and killed him three years ago. |
Worst of all, the very same day that the unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson, McNeil got word that Officer Reynoldo Goyos -- the Miami cop who had been fired after killing her son -- would be rehired and awarded all of his back pay.More »