Israel Hernandez-Llach: Family of teen who died after police shocked him with a taser, is suing

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The family of a teenager who died after being shocked with a Taser by Miami Beach police is suing.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims police violated 18-year-old Israel Hernandez-Llach's civil rights. The suit names the city and Police Chief Ray Martinez as defendants.

Hernandez-Llach was a graffiti artist known as "Reefa." Police said they spotted him spray-painting a shuttered fast food restaurant earlier this month. He allegedly led police on a foot chase and ignored their orders to stop. Police said he was shocked with a Taser once in the chest and then showed signs of distress.

Hernandez-Llach was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

The Miami Herald reports that the city isn't commenting on the lawsuit, but Martinez has previously said his officers acted appropriately.


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