Israel Hernandez

State Attorney's Office

On Thursday, prosecutors did not charge the Miami Beach police officer for the Taser death of graffiti writer Israel Hernandez Llach.

The investigation determined that the death was “accidental” because Taser stun guns “are not likely” to cause cardiac death, according to the State Attorney Office’s report.

On Aug. 6, 2013, police caught the teenage graffiti artist known as "Reefa" tagging the wall of an abandoned McDonald’s. This led to a chase, and when Hernandez-Llach was cornered, Officer Jorge Mercado shocked him in the chest.

Wilson Sayre

About 75 people gathered in downtown Miami Thursday evening to protest and stand in solidarity against the killing of Michael Brown. The black teenager was shot and killed Saturday by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

A group called the Dream Defenders and other activists marched a few blocks to the James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building, chanting lines like "hands up, don't shoot."

The Miami protesters empathized with Ferguson residents, having just passed the first anniversary of the death of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez's death at the hands of police.

Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

Friends of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez held a news conference in response to his autopsy report released last week, seven months after his death. The teen died in August after being shot with a stun gun by Miami Beach police when he was caught defacing an abandoned building. The autopsy report says Hernandez's death was "accidental through electrical discharge." Now, the State Attorney's office must finish investigating before they can decide whether or not to press charges in the death. 

 

Governor Rick Scott kicks off the legislative session with a State of the State address touting tax cuts and job creation. The state legislature starts by advancing a bill legalizing a form of medical marijuana and passing tougher sex predator laws.   

A medical report on the death of Israel Hernandez, the teen who was tasered by Miami Beach police, finds that he died of a "sudden cardiac death." Shortly before the report's release, the police chief resigns.

We also hear the latest developments on the protests in Venezuela.

MIAMI HERALD / file

Relatives of Israel Hernández-Llach, the teen who died after being shot by a Taser stun gun, will announce Tuesday that they are suing the Miami Beach Police Department.

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The death of the 18-year-old street artist has drawn widespread headlines and reignited debate over the use stun guns by law enforcement.

Heather Bozzone

Israel Hernández-Llach was an 18-year-old award-winning artist when he was chased by Miami Beach police officers and tasered for tagging a shuttered McDonald’s. He died soon after the electric probes delivered tens of thousands of volts into his chest.

The taser, a supposedly non-lethal tool of the police, has caused over 500 deaths since 2001 across the United States, according to Amnesty International. Hernandez’s tools of choice: paints, pens, cameras, and objects he found.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

On The Florida Roundup, a week after a fatal tasering by Miami Beach Police, graffiti artist Israel Hernandez is buried. Michael E. Miller of the Miami New Times, who broke the story about Hernandez’s death, will talk about police conduct and the safety of tasers.  

Governor Rick Scott wants Georgia to stop taking so much water. He and U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) visited Apalachicola this week to point out damage to the area’s oyster harvest caused by Georgia’s taking of water that could be replenishing the bay there.