'To Avoid Physical Incident,' Cops Taser and Kill Teenage Graffiti Artist

Proving once again the misapplied “non-lethal” label for taser weapons, police in Miami are under severe criticism following the death of an unarmed teenage boy who was killed this week when officers made chase after he was spotted painting graffiti on an abandoned McDonald’s building.

As the Miami Herald reports:

Friends and family of the boy were saddened and outraged, with one friend telling the Miami New Times, “I just cant believe it. I still have his hat and his [skate]board. They still smell like him. It’s crazy.”

His family says that Israel “lived and breathed” his artwork and lived a healthy lifestyle.