Family Wants Info 6 Months After Stun Gun Death of Israel 'Reefa' Hernandez

Six months after a 19-year-old was fatally tasered by Miami Beach police, the teen's family still wants answers.

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014  |  Updated 6:56 AM 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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Six months after a 19-year-old was fatally tasered by Miami Beach police, the teen's family still wants answers.
 
Thursday marks half a year since the death of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez. Friends and family of the youth plan to hold a news conference at the offices of State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. They want the officers involved in the incident disciplined and a change in the department's policies.

 
Hernandez's family has filed a lawsuit against the Miami Beach Police Department, claiming police violated his civil rights.
 
Police have said Hernandez ran after they spotted him spray-painting the wall of a fast-food restaurant in August. They say he ignored their orders to stop and was shocked once with the Taser in the chest. He later died at a hospital.

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