Friends, family rally for teen tased by police
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Friends and loved ones are back on the streets demanding justice after a South Florida teen who died after being tased by police.
The victim's family says they want an officer arrested.
"We have nothing against policemen," said one speaker at the rally, Sunday evening. "What we have is problems with the incident that happened, and we will make sure that action will be taken. We have to abide by the law."
A group of about 100 gathered in support of a grieving family. "We're going to march in peace and love for Israel Hernandez today," hollered one marcher.
Their route covered Lincoln Road to Miami Beach City Hall.
Marchers are saying they want answers. Offir Hernandez, Hernandez' sister, said, "Isn't the police supposed to stop crime? Then stop it already because this was a crime. And today, I do not know why my brother died!"
On Aug. 6, 18-year-old Israel Hernandez was caught spray-painting an abandoned building on the north end of the beach and ran from responding officers. Once caught, he was tased and later died.
His family is now demanding the officer be disciplined for his actions and charged in the 18-year-old's death.
"Que queremos?" Offir said to the crowd.
"Justicia ... ahora!" they responded.
The family is now suing the Miami Beach Police Department and asking the department to reconsider its use of Tasers.
Still, the same unanswered questions linger. Speaking in Spanish, Jacqueline Llach, the mother of the deceased said, "I've been asking the same two questions for two months now. The first one, wasn't it enough all those police that already submitted him? Why did they have to kill him? Would he use the same force against his son if he made a mistake?"
Officer Jorge Mercado remains on paid administrative leave while the case is being investigated.
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