Family files lawsuit over teen's stun gun death

AP News
Posted: Aug 27, 2013 10:15 PM

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.


Information from: The Miami Herald,


Information from: The Miami Herald,