FDLE to conduct independent review of teen's death
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct an independent review of the investigation into the death of a teenager who died after being shocked with a Taser by police.
FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said Saturday the agency will review the Miami Beach Police Department's investigation into the death of 18-year-old Israel Hernandez-Llach.
Miami Beach officials and the teen's family requested the review.
"I have complete confidence in the integrity and capacity of the Miami Beach Police Department to conduct a fair and thorough investigation," Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales said. "But the role of the FDLE will provide further assurance to the public of the thoroughness and transparency of the investigation."
Hernandez-Llach was a graffiti artist known as "Reefa." Police said they spotted him spray-painting a shuttered fast food restaurant in Miami Beach early Tuesday.
He then allegedly led police on a foot chase, ignoring their orders to stop. Police said he was shocked with a Taser once in the chest and then showed signs of distress.
He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.
Plessinger said the FDLE will review and advise Miami Beach authorities if there is anything they note police conducting the investigation need to look into.
Hernandez-Llach's family members, teachers and friends said the teen was a talented artist who had works displayed in galleries and museums around South Florida.
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