Anniversary Of Death Of Teen Who Died After Being “Shocked” By Police
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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Friends and family of a teen who died after a Miami Beach police officer shocked him with a Taser will mark the one year anniversary of his death with music, poetry and a film.
Wednesday evening they gather at the abandoned restaurant where police say they caught the 18-year-old Israel “Reefa” Hernandez spraying graffiti on the walls. The group will then move to the North Beach band shell where a documentary on Hernandez’s case will be shown. Musicians and other artists will also perform.
Police say Hernandez ran after they spotted him, ignored their orders to stop and was shocked once with the Taser in the chest. He later died at a hospital.
In March, the medical examiner confirmed the Taser was the cause of Hernandez’s death. His relatives want police and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to discipline the officers involved.