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Family Wants Info 6 Months After A Taser Death

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File photo of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez' family and friends at his funeral. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of Israel “Reefa” Hernandez’ family and friends at his funeral. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (AP) — 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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