Israel Hernandez Killing: Family Intends to Sue City of Miami Beach Police Over Fatal Tasering

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The family of Israel Hernandez, the teenager fatally Tasered by Miami Beach cops August 6, intends to sue the police department.

According to the Miami Herald, the family will announce its lawsuit at 2:30 p.m. today on the steps of the Miami-Dade courthouse downtown.

The suit is yet another sign that outrage remains high over the slaying of 18-year-old Hernandez, who was tagging an abandoned McDonald's in North Beach when he was chased and Tasered. He died moments later.

See also: Teenager Israel Hernandez Dies After Miami Beach Cops Catch Him Tagging, Taser Him

Answers, however, remain few and far between. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office has not yet released an autopsy report on Hernandez.

Meanwhile, Miami Beach Police have released only limited information about the teen's death, including a 911 tape and an incident report from an officer who did not witness the Tasering.

New Times' repeated requests for more documents have been rebuffed.

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drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

the Hernandez family should be cleaning up the neighborhood graffiti in honor of their son and his crimes, not waiting with their hands out for $$$. they should be making an example of their son to teach other youths not to vandalize private property.

shame on these people. they failed as parents and now seek compensation.

and society is willing to give it to them.

weedmanhippy
weedmanhippy

Heyyy!!! Mike Miller!!! I LOVE U!!! I Knew Israel & All His Friends! I put them on youtube doing Skateboard Tricks! They R All NICE KIDS!!! Non Violent! I was Tasered by 3 Tasers!!! I Thought I would Die! Police Could Have Subdued Him Without Tasers!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdICzQ4MOYk

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

  This is not art it is Criminal Damage to property and this little criminal decided to fight the law and as the song goes the law won. People are cheering for this persons deviant behavior. Our society is circling the drain of it's own destruction. It's called vandalism. Then fleeing and alluding. If you want to express yourself do it on a canvas or your mothers house. So let me get this straight, if the graffiti kid complied, didn't run away, and listed to the police officers request to stop, he would be alive today. Sounds to me if you comply, do as the police say, take the arrest and possibly fight your charges in court, you will more than likely come out of this situation without being tased.

Don't Tase Me, Bro

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkMkGOpAF4s

Æon Flux
Æon Flux

Both sides are wrong. My teenager better not be tagging anything unless its in his studio or permitted spot for graffiti artists to have it. And at 5am? He better be up at 5am for the military to study. And for the cop that tazed, suitable and equal amount of tazing should be done to him, if the boy was my delinquent son, that cop be stone cold dead and I'd be in jail. Sad all around.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Let me ask this question of the family, if someone graffitied your house or property, would you consider it art or vandalism? I bet money on it that you would be on the phone calling police. So,,,, now you know what your son was doing......
Sorry that he died, but he was also engaging in illegal, property destroying, vandalism.....

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

For the last 17 years, the North Beach residents and the business owners have been working hard to get the area revitalized and have changed it to be a desirable place to live in and for tourists from all over the world come visit. This has been accomplished with the help and support of the Miami Beach Police Officers assigned to North Beach.

The rebirth of North Beach took a long time and selfish actions, which do not take in consideration the effect on other people, are simply not acceptable. The North Beach businesses offer work for local people, who feed their families with the business movement in the area. At the same time, the majority of the residents appreciate living in a safe and clean area where tourism is welcome because it gives life to this part of Miami Beach.

When private property gets tagged with graffiti, property owners are required by Miami Beach Code Enforcement to paint right away, spending funds that could very well be used for other positive things.

It is very tragic what has taken place with the death of a young man, who instead of using his talents in a positive way, decided to risk his freedom by doing what he very well knew was wrong. His selfish actions brought him to a confrontation with the police officers looking after a community. They had no intention of causing death to anyone by using a working tool provided to them to be used on those who refused to listen to a police officer order when caught breaking the law.

Instead of promoting the defacing of private property, violence and disrespect to the police officers, people should use a little common sense. It is not difficult to understand that all human beings have the capacity to differentiate right from wrong and the capacity to understand that actions have consequences, without forgetting that the first action is what leads to what then will follow. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN RIGHT, SO WHEN THEY GO OUT TO SOCIETY THEY CANNOT REGRET THEIR ACTIONS LATER.

It is important for the news to take to their viewers another point of view of what has taken place.


Heike Tiegen
Heike Tiegen

Did the coroner release anything yet? They're going to feel stupid if he had drugs in his system. That could have been the reason why he died from being tased. I dont think he was murdered and this would've been prevented if he wasn't out at 5am tagging on public property. But they might have a case because that one cops shouldn't have been on the streets.

Chris Cvnt
Chris Cvnt

im so over this bs institution of fear that is our justice system- i hope the family takes those fuckers for all theyre worth and they get sacked- Point Blank

Alex Nra Shemin
Alex Nra Shemin

I hope the family finds some type of justice and closure for their loss. As a fellow graffiti artist I really hope measures can be taken so bombers don't become victim to excessive force. But that being said as a bomber I don't tag where corrupt cops dwell: Miami beach, sweet water, doral, etc. There are alternatives to tagging, but nobody deserves to die over it. RIP Reefa

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

@daniel and osmar ....shut the fuck up you faggots

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

fuck miami beach police, good for the family

Ryan Johnston
Ryan Johnston

A taser is nonlethal lol. How about don't graffiti in the middle of the day. I highly doubt that any of you have actual seen or used a police taser gun in action so stfu and do some research.

Joee Dirt
Joee Dirt

Lethal force should not be used on a non violent crime...pointblank maybe the police should lay off the dunkin donuts and mcdonalds maybe they would actually be in enough shape to actually chase an individual down

subhash.kateel
subhash.kateel

I was never a cop, I worked with at risk youth.  I had to learn how to restrain young people when acting up.  I had to do it many times. An officer that can't make an arrest of an unarmed 19 year old who weighs 140lbs while in the presence of other officers should probably get a new job.  If that same officer stole tens of thousands of dollars of overtime pay from the city of Miami, he should have probably never been on the force to begin with.

Jon Zepnick
Jon Zepnick

They will make it seem like he was committing or attempting to commit a forcible felony which would preclude a state claim under fl stat. 776.085 but he has a good federal civil rights case.

subhash.kateel
subhash.kateel

For everyone that seems really self righteous about the law, you should actually read it sometime.  State law only allows use of force to a. prevent bodily harm or b. when pursuing a fleeing felon.  Neither was the case in Israel's murder.  Now either read the law or just admit you don't know what you are talking about.  

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

Of course they're going to sue, they want a pay out. There is no murder here, just a wrongful death lawsuit at best with no legs ? I wouldn't give them a dime.

Arlo Rappaport
Arlo Rappaport

Love all these righteous perfect posters saying he deserved to die. Teenagers do stupid things, they shouldn't be tasered to death. Further the frickin McDonalds he was caught tagging was being demolished.

Daniel Convers
Daniel Convers

It wouldn't have happened if he wasn't breaking the law!

Erik Ace SobeArtist
Erik Ace SobeArtist

bryan really its an eletrical pulse to your body! your heart runs on electrical pulses. and the "testing" for these WEAPONS are done in labs not real life!

Osmar Casas
Osmar Casas

Little punk got what he deserved. One less waste of sperm committing crime.

Bryan Enriquez
Bryan Enriquez

not even shooting! they tasered him! how do you taser someone to death?

Daniela Bianchi
Daniela Bianchi

their job was to continue shooting this kids till he died?? sorry you are wrong

Daniela Boettcher
Daniela Boettcher

Yes they do have a case. He killed him, and he is a cop with a long history of misdemeanors. Shame on him and all the others who cover him. This only happens in the US.

Daniel Convers
Daniel Convers

They have no case. He broke the law and ran from cops. The officers did their jobs.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

they need a good jewish lawyer from Boca, since they won't find one here in Miami to go against the cop individually and the Beach, for fostering such behavior.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@Haxberry Kush

Where were his civil right violated?! Did he have a civil right to spray paint a building?

He committed a crime, fled from the police and died as a direct result of his own actions. The police did absolutely nothing wrong. If his parents had raised him to respect others and their property instead of to be a vandal he would still be alive. People are responsible for their misdeeds, not the authorities who are doing their job by protecting people and their property

subhash.kateel
subhash.kateel

@Diana Andrew-Lozano the law is clear, you can't use force against someone unless they are a fleeing felon or you are in danger of bodily harm.  Neither was the case.

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

@Arlo Rappaport 

Why is there a For Lease sign on the building then?

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

@Daniela Bianchi  

You are hot so I will be kind, the next time they shot him would be the first

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

@Daniela Boettcher  

Cops only kill criminals in the US?     Thanks for the laugh

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

@subhash.kateel @jgcamp99 At the end of the day, they had enough manpower to apprehend the punk. If what he did as a creative outlet was art, his parents should have turned him loose on the walls of their home, interior or exterior. That way they could appreciate that art form, even have tours of it so others could appreciate it ? It's hard enough to look at Britto's paint jobs around this town that getting everyone's personal touch is an eye sore. Some folks think a uniform coat of purple enhances their neighborhood ? Here's an idea ? Buy some canvas and take it to an art show and sell it. As unfortunate as the death was, as trivial as the misdemeanor was or that you want to trivialize it after the fact. The kid ran, he tried repeatedly to escape, right up to the bitter end. If the police physically grab him, then there's a matter that might be too much force to use to capture him. Who knows what the kid was on, what social diseases he had. Why risk giving him an opportunity to bite, scratch, scrape anyone in a scuffle. In Trayvon Martin's case, he assaulted Zimmerman and there everyone maintains he did nothing wrong. Hernandez got caught tagging, they caught him, give up fleeing and escaping. End of the day, police have guns, tasers & pepper spray, they even have K-9's. These are all variables that an unarmed person has to weigh before they resist being arrested for a crime they committed, no matter how trivial. Nobody can make you see or understand that ? When police get involved, it's no longer a game of cat & mouse or tag that you played as a child. Know the risks involved. We pay them to protect our public property, that's all MBPD did here. Lessons learned in life for the rest of us, game over for Hernandez.

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