Israel Hernandez Killing: Miami Beach Police Release 911 Tape

A week after fatally Tasering Israel Hernandez, Miami Beach Police have released the 911 tape of the teenager's arrest. The 14-minute-long tape begins on August 6 at 5:13 with a westbound foot-chase on 74th Street near Collins Avenue. Multiple cops then call in sightings of Hernandez, who is described as a "six-foot-one[-inch] mulatto male wearing a cream-colored shirt." Half way through the recording, an officer suddenly announces that "he's in custody."

Less than half a minute later, however, a cop notices something is wrong with Hernandez. "Hey, you alright?" the officer asks. Moments later, another officer tells the 911 dispatcher that the teenager appears to be having a seizure.

Click through to listen for yourself.

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The tape reveals that Hernandez was running from cops for a good seven minutes before he was caught. At one point (around 3:55), one officer wonders if the teenager escaped into the ocean.

Two minutes later (around 5:50), another cop says: "We're not gonna be bringing dogs out for this. We're gonna be looking to see if we find him. He's probably hiding out somewhere."

Roughly a minute later, cops suddenly announce they've caught Hernandez. There is no mention of Tasering the teen.

Thirty seconds later, however, a cop notices something is wrong. "Hey, you alright," one officer says.

"We don't know if the guy is having a seizure," a cop says before calling for an ambulance. "He is breathing."

Rescue workers arrive roughly four minutes later, after initially reporting to an address one block away.

Towards the end of the tape, cops refer to the situation as a "cardiac arrest."

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