Read entire article HERE on ABC News. Written by Alana Abramson
A Florida teenager died after police shocked him with a Taser in an attempt to arrest him for drawing graffiti on an abandoned building.
Israel Hernandez, 18, died Aug. 6 in Miami Beach. The Miami Beach Police Department said in a statement that Hernandez started to flee when they caught him spray-painting a building, and that he didn’t stop running when they told him stop.
“During the foot pursuit, the subject encountered officers face to face … and ignored officers’ commands to stop. In order to affect his arrest, an officer deployed his conducted electrical weapon (Taser). The subject was placed into custody,” the police statement read.
Hernandez started to show signs of medical distress after he was taken into custody, according to the police department. The fire-rescue squad transported Hernandez to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the Miami Herald.