MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Family members of a teenager who died after being shocked by Miami Beach police say he was an artist who wanted to change the world through art.
Israel Hernandez-Llach had turned 18 shortly before police found him spray-painting a shuttered building early Tuesday. The teen ran but was eventually cornered. Chief Ray Martinez says the teen ran at officers and one shot him with a Taser in the chest. Hernandez-Llach went into medical duress and died at a hospital.
His sister, Offir Hernandez, told The Miami Herald the family wants answers. They're seeking an independent investigation.
The medical examiner didn't rule on a cause of death after an autopsy on Wednesday. Further tests are pending, but the police chief says the teen didn't suffer from any other injuries.
A <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/24/talal-siad-tasered_n_1828146.html" target="_hplink">Palestinian man from East Jerusalem claims</a> he was repeatedly stunned with a Taser in front of his children at a water park in Tel Aviv this week.
Police say an alleged jaywalker, who was Tasered three times for refusing to show his ID to officers, was handled in a "necessary and appropriate" manner. The American Civil Liberties Union strongly disagrees. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/18/zikomo-peurifoy-tasered_n_1680333.html" target="_hplink">Zikomo Peurifoy's arrest in Casselberry, Fla.,</a> on July 7 made headlines after video showing him being repeatedly zapped was posted on YouTube.
Malaika Brooks sued the Seattle Police department after she was tasered by police during a traffic stop in 2004 while she was pregnant. The <a href="http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2012/05/supreme_court_wont_hear_appeal.php" target="_hplink"><em>Seattle Weekly</em> reports</a> that a US appeals court ruled that the officer's use of force was excessive, but that Brooks could not sue them because rules on taser use by law enforcement were unclear. The Supreme Court declined to take up the case.
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Transgender Woman Stunned
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