Shock & Awe: Miami Cops Misuse Tasers, With Deadly Results

Number 27020
Subject Police
Source Miami New Times
State Florida
Year 2014
Publication Date Dec. 30, 2014
Summary This article exposes Taser abuse by police officers in Miami, Florida. On August 6, 2013, Miami Beach Police fatally tasered 18-year-old Israel Hernandez after catching him spray-painting graffiti on an abandoned McDonald's. Miami New Times reporter Michael E. Miller broke the story, and then followed it up with a dozen other articles on Hernandez's case. Miller compiled thousands of pages of records that showed local officers were overusing and misusing these devices, resulting in injuries and – in some cases – even death. His reporting showed cops often ignored their own departments' procedures on Taser use, yet were never held accountable.
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Keywords police brutality, police shooting, law enforcement, excessive force
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