Miami Police Union Prez: "No One Can Take Responsibility for Israel's Death Except Himself"

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Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Sgt. Javier Ortiz has come out roaring against those who are criticizing police in the wake of the death of teenager Israel Hernandez.

After City of Miami commissioner and mayoral candidate Francis Suarez released a flyer condemning police violence, Ortiz replied with his own letter claiming that Hernandez's death was his own fault.

See also: Israel Hernandez: Tasered to Death

Though Hernandez died in the City of Miami Beach after he was hit with a Taser by Miami Beach police officers, Suarez released a campaign flyer offering his condolences to Hernandez's family and friends:

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Ortiz blasted Suarez in a response letter.

"It is unfortunate that Commissioner Francis Suarez has chosen to utilize a sensitive situation in which someone has died on a paid political advertisement for Mayor to obtain votes," Ortiz wrote according to NBC Miami.

"There is not a single law enforcement officer that would've wanted Israel Hernandez to die for committing a criminal act," he continued. "However, No one can take responsibility for Israel's death except himself."

"Tasers in the City of Miami have saved many individuals who in the past would have been subjected to deadly force when we didn't have this great intermediate tool. What is even more surprising is Commissioner Suarez voted on July 11th in a commission meeting to purchase more Tasers for the Miami Police Department."

Though, lest you think Oritz is taking issue with Suarez because he's pulling for incumbent mayor Tomas Regalado in the mayor's race, remember that Ortiz once painted a truck with an image of Regalado with the phrase "Real eyes realize real lies" and followed Regalado around in it. The guy apparently just doesn't like most politicians ... or anyone who questions the wisdom of using Tasers.

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HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

What's the problem?  He chose to further vandalize a building and then run from the cops when confronted.  All his fault.

benbolet
benbolet

Empathy my fellow Miamians. Regardless of your stance, try putting yourself in the shoes of the parents. Politics and opinions really don't matter to them and what they are going through.

Please try not to forget when commenting, Isreal has family and close friends. Don't be a constant reminder as to the heartless world we live in.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

I agree, a taser shouldn't kill the kid, it was something his body couldn't take. So take it up with God when you get a chance, otherwise the kid was out doing things to property that has been since painted over. That tells you right there the owner doesn't consider what Hernandez was doing as art. If he was at home and being a responsible young adult, he would still be alive today. But the police did everything but let Hernandez go. Maybe Hernandez should be better at escaping ? End of the day Hernandez was doing things that got him killed and the police simply apprehended him with a taser, they didn't dial in the full charge or continue to apply voltage to ensure death, it's not the electric chair. Hernandez died because his system wasn't able to handle that jolt. Don't wanna be tasered, give up when they catch you or don't be there in the 1st place. RIP Hernandez, but there is no wrongful death for police officers that performed their job by the policies & procedures. Maybe they'd feel better if a german shepherd mauled Hernandez instead, there is no way the family is ever going to be satisfied that thier scofflaw son died over their failure to raise the son and that the kid simply was a tagger going back to his juvenile life. Raise your children properly is all anyone can offer as advices.

internetinternet
internetinternet

Miami Beach Code Compliance writes violations for graffiti to the building owner.  Police unions do not care about graffiti.  Somebody get the public records on how many people were arrested in Miami Beach in 2012 for graffiti. 

tumadreencuera
tumadreencuera

I love how alot of idiots on here agree: If you run from the cops, you deserve to be beaten, tased, and even killed. For painting a wall. Yes, that's right folks, welcome to America. 

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

this kid had a choice. he made several bad choices.

defacing property was his 1st error.
running from police his second, and 

third was trying to run once cornered.

This is a tragedy which unfortunately was caused by the victim...he was tasered not shot...there was not intention to kill him but simply stop him since he ran away...here's the problem now...his family's lawyer was at rally, they will file a lawsuit, seek millions and, yes, the taxpayers pays again.”

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_P3U3XKVvkM&t=68

rdeoro28
rdeoro28

As if they don't resort to "deadly force" either way....Um remember memorial day weekend when they sprayed hundreds of bullets hitting innocent bystanders to then kill the suspect who they said had a firearm...NO FIREARM was found, Miami Beach Come Pingas. 


Btw SGT Ortiz is the one who pointed a gun in Jonathan Vilma's face & harassing him during a routine traffic stop, fucking loser.

internetinternet
internetinternet

Police unions are lobbyist groups.  Nothing they say matters. 

Sheri A Friedman
Sheri A Friedman

none of us are... and check out the officers record... I'll bet he was no saint either. Should he be tased to death?

Gabe Yunes
Gabe Yunes

now everyone wants to make a martyr off of this kid. it's a tragic and sad death, but it looks like he was no saint...

gpaugam7
gpaugam7

Bottom line:  Don't get yourself in a position to get TASED, especially if your ass can not handle 50,000 volts.  I know female police officers who have been tased for demonstration & training purposes and they're still walking around.

Tina Kamenel
Tina Kamenel

Ortiz you should be ashamed of yourself and your police dept. Shame on you!

Camilo Gonzalez
Camilo Gonzalez

tag up a wall, punishable by death. kill an unarmed kid, walk away free... thats florida for ya!

Jayan Bertrand
Jayan Bertrand

If an officer isn't physically fit and quick enough to catch a criminal, his laziness shouldn't be rewarded with an easier tool. Its unreasonable that a group of men couldn't catch a teenager

Ariana Hernandez Reguant
Ariana Hernandez Reguant

What bugs me is that Miami Beach has twice the violent crime rate of the U.S. overall (murders, rapes, assaults, arson, robbery, and so on - almost a rape a week, four burglaries A DAY! ). Most lead to no results and no justice. Why is the police, half a dozen of them at once, wasting time going after kids painting on walls???

Casey RA
Casey RA

If you vandalize property, then run from the police when they repeatedly tell you to stop... I doubt they are going to arrest him with kittens and flower pedals.

Klu Largo
Klu Largo

As thiz report or article readz they been fighting "violence with violence" but what exactlee kind of violence waz Israel up to?! He waz not intruding neither...No Justice No Peace! Ignorance driven public serverz datz what they are with a license to play with human life...da beach dept. iz sad...thiz iz not ova by along shot.

Valyn Calhoun
Valyn Calhoun

it's not okay to taser someone just because they're running. i don't care what your views on this are.. cops have been overstepping the boundaries of their position for many years and the rash of taser related deaths is disgusting. a man was recently tasered because police thought he was on drugs.. he had cerebral palsy. fyi taggers: the new issue tasers can't get past 3inches of clothing.. heads up.

Monica La Simpatica Vera
Monica La Simpatica Vera

If Miami Beach Police had a reputation of fairness, more judicial, reasonable decision-making under pressure, a non-frat boy high-fiving attitude, and less drunken on-duty officers, this statement might seem less appalling. However, given the force's reckless behavior in the past and the experiences of those of us fortunate enough to have only borne the mildest disrespect from Miami Beach PD, this is an insensitive and unmerited response to a young, unarmed man's death. This is sentiment is not intended to group those dutiful, lawfully mindful officers who help keep people safe - with their own and others' best interests in mind - with bad cops (because there are undoubtedly a number of individuals who do their job honorably), but it is a sentiment bred from anger at facing continued senseless violence at the hands of those meant to protect us from harm - NOT those working way too hard to protect an ALREADY DECREPIT piece of property.

Mercy Mercy-Me
Mercy Mercy-Me

Dimitris, that kid was somebody's family. That's the point. When did everyone stop being human beings? Where's the empathy? the rationality? Ok, yes, it stands to reason that if the kid hadn't broken the law and run then the rest would not have followed. But what did follow did not need to be the end result if the officers had handled the situation correctly. Everyone played a part. But the kid didn't have to die for such a small crime. He had a whole life ahead of him.

Dimitris Thedreamboy
Dimitris Thedreamboy

People worry about stupid things other then finding a real job and taking care of their family

Edward Delatorre
Edward Delatorre

"Tasers in the City of Miami have saved many individuals who in the past would have been subjected to deadly force when we didn't have this great intermediate tool. " so at one time tagging on a wall would have been met by deadly force?

Jennifer Nanni
Jennifer Nanni

I have seen less force used on criminals that murdered someone. Yes the kid broke the law but did they have to tase him to death? No.

Ariana Hernandez Reguant
Ariana Hernandez Reguant

It looks like many people would like to live under fascism: endorsing police violence as "justice", justifying physical abuse as punishment for such minor offenses as "painting on a wall", while acquiescing to real estate speculators who allow buildings to decay... (Now, the idea that an armed officer feels threatened by an unarmed teenager running away is interesting: never thought of the police as wimpy to that extreme..)

Alex Alvarez
Alex Alvarez

The union chief said this? Dude are you serious he commoted a minor offense and its his fault he died. Why not just admit they killed him it was a mistake after all right that ended in the loss of young mans life..

Joey Glez
Joey Glez

Fuck the police especially Javier Ortiz!! Fuck him.

Mercy Mercy-Me
Mercy Mercy-Me

Shove it Ortiz. It's also the fault of the officer who incorrectly used his weapon on a civilian. You don't ever take a taser to someone's chest. Despicable. Yes, the kid broke the law. And yes, he decided to run like any kid who gets caught tagging would do. But for f*ck's sake, you can't say the officer isn't at fault at all here. Train your officers to do their jobs right.

Curtis Johnson
Curtis Johnson

He was a law breaker, and a EVADING criminal. Period. Did the officer know if he was armed or not, of course not. He disrespected the officer, fled, officer felt threatened, did what they did. Amazing how this vandal is even a story. Oh, that's right.....he is a VICTIM. GTFOH with that &$1t.

Brownie Izaguirre
Brownie Izaguirre

Why was the kid vandalizing to begin with. Tragic how he died and all. We all think cops are a-holes. But, agreed.

Arg Rabble
Arg Rabble

Has the medical examiners report been released?

gpaugam7
gpaugam7

@Jennifer Nanni There is no "DEATH" setting on a taser.  The taser is used to bring down a suspect w/o having to physically man-handle the person.

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