Israel Hernandez Killing: Police Report Details Teen's Frantic Last Moments of Life
Israel Hernandez, AKA Reefa
via Miami Skate Shop on Instagram
Israel Hernandez's last moments were panicked and painful.
That's what can be gathered from Miami Beach Police's report about their pursuit of the 18-year-old skater and artist. Hernandez, whose nickname was "Reefa," led cops on a chase through several blocks of North Beach, frantically scrambling over fences and falling onto cars, before cops fatally Tasered him.
Click through to read the police report for yourself.
The police report is written by Officer Thomas Lincoln, one of more than half a dozen cops involved in the chase.
Lincoln writes that while other officers pursued Hernandez on foot, he followed him in his car. And when the other cops had lost the lithe teenager, it was Lincoln who spotted him crossing the street.
"I pulled up along side of the subject at 6940 Harding Avenue," Lincoln says in the report. "I attempted to make contact with the subject [but he] ignored me and ran into the building."
Hernandez then tried to vault over a white fence at the back of the property but fell. He tried again and made it, slipping on the fence and crashing hard onto the hood of an old gray Ford Mustang.
But for all of the detail in the report, it doesn't shed any light on why cops felt like they had to Taser the scrawny teenager.
Here is the full report. Hernandez's family and attorney have called for an independent investigation into the teenager's death:
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