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Teen’s Death Renews Taser Questions

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

  Following the death of a Miami Beach teenager, questions are being raised over the safety of Tasers, the New York Times reports. According to the Miami Beach police chief, Israel Hernandez-Llach was tagging a building with graffiti when police Tasered him.  A 2011 Department of Justice report found that Tasers are considered safe for most people, and said deaths are often the result of pre-existing medical conditions. There is no ruling yet on the official cause of the teen’s death.

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