Graffiti Artist’s Family Sues Miami Beach

    MIAMI BEACH, FL - AUGUST 10:  People hold posters during a vigil with a picture of 18-year-old graffiti artist Israel Hernandez-Llach, who died after being tasered by a Miami Beach police officer on August 10, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida.  The vigil was held in front of the abandoned McDonald’s building where early Tuesday morning officers reportedly saw him painting graffiti on the building before a chase took place and the tasering.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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    The family of graffiti artist Israel Hernandez-Llach filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the city of Miami Beach, whose police officers allegedly shocked the 18-year-old so many times with a Taser that he eventually died. The suit, which alleges “unnecessary, excessive and unconstitutional force,” claims police officers “had no reasonable basis to fear for their own safety or the safety of the public.” A witness to the altercation between Hernandez-Llach and the police said that police officers were laughing and high-fiving while the teenager lay on the ground, immobilized.

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