Israel Hernandez' family is devastated. They left Columbia hoping to live in a safer country, but now one of their loved ones is dead and the family is asking for justice, CNN's Adriana Hauser reports.
According to a Miami Dad police report, 18-year-old Hernandez was chased by officers around 5am Tuesday after he was seen spray-painting graffiti on private property. Police say he disobeyed commands to stop and the agents used a taser on him.
Shortly after, the report says, the teen's physical condition showed signs of stress. He was taken to a local hospital, and was later pronounced dead. Police say the use of a taser gun should not be fatal.
Israel's sister Offir Hernandez says that her brother was perfectly healthy and his case proves that argument wrong.
"It was very unnecessary and they went beyond the point, she says. "I don't know what exactly happened, but he died. They obviously went off the point."
CNN contacted the police for comments about Souza's account of what happened, but have not yet heard back.
But Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez told the Miami Herald that when the officers cornered Hernandez, the teen ran at them. He said: "The officers were forced to use the Taser to avoid a physical incident."