A Miami teenager, Israel Hernández-Llach, died after being tasered by police officers after he attempted to spray his name on the side of a shuttered McDonald’s on the early morning of August 6.
The Colombian-born artist and skateboarder was known for spraying “Reefa” across the city’s abandoned buildings.
Police officers saw him doing it this time and quickly approached him. A chase ended with Llach being tasered and alter during.
A friend, Thiago Souza, said he saw some of what happened. He said that about five police officers chased Hernández and were shoving him against a wall, then he saw his friend on the ground.
“He was on the ground and the cops were making jokes,” Souza told the Miami Herald.
Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez said that police officers confronted Hernández-Llach at around 5 a.m. and the teen started running. The officers chased him and cornered him. When that happened, the teen ran toward the officers, ignoring commands to stop, said Martinez.
“The officers were forced to use the Taser to avoid a physical incident,’’ the chief said.