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At Art Basel, Activists Protest Graffiti Artist's Stun-Gun Death

Artists and activists are hoping to bring attention during Art Basel Miami to the death of graffiti artist Israel Hernandez-Llach.

Saturday, Dec 7, 2013  |  Updated 4:26 PM EDT
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Family Sues Police Over Tasered Teen's Death

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Protestors March for Reefa

Protestors marched down Lincoln Road calling for justice in the death of Miami Beach teen Israel Hernandez who died after a police officer used a Taser on him after he was caught spraying graffiti on an abandoned building. The march was organized for the 2-month anniversary of Hernandez's death.

Family Sues Police Over Tasered Teen's Death

Eighteen-year-old Israel Hernandez's grieving mother cried at the podium where family attorneys announced they will be moving forward with a lawsuit against the city of Miami Beach and the city's police department.
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Artists and activists are hoping to bring attention during Art Basel Miami to the death of graffiti artist Israel Hernandez-Llach.
 
Four months ago, Hernandez-Llach died after Miami Beach police shocked him with a Taser.

  The Miami Herald reports that friends of the teen and local artists demonstrated Friday outside the Miami Beach Convention Center, where the world famous art fair is being held. They performed as a "flash mob," breaking out into protest song.
 
The case remains under investigation. Hernandez-Llach's family has filed a lawsuit against the Miami Beach Police Department claiming police violated his civil rights.
 
Police said Hernandez-Llach ran after they spotted him spray-painting a restaurant in August. They say he ignored their orders to stop and was shocked once with the Taser in the chest.

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