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Israel Hernandez: Tasered to Death

Shortly before dawn on August 6, 2013, Miami Beach cops caught 18-year-old Israel Hernandez tagging an abandoned building. When Hernandez ran, police pursued him. The chase ended when an officer shot the teenager in the chest with a Taser. Hernandez died moments later.

Anger exploded across the city and around the world after Miami New Times broke the story. Graffiti tributes have popped up across South Florida as grieving friends and family members ask why Hernandez, popularly known as "Reefa," was killed. The officer who Tased the teen has been put on leave and the City of Miami Beach has called for an investigation.

It is the latest incident for a Miami Beach Police Department stained by several scandals in recent years, including a deadly police shooting during Memorial Day weekend 2011 and a drunken ATV accident a month later.

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lazaro.pavon
lazaro.pavon

its been 6 months- any update on the investigation by Miami Beach Police?

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