When police spotted 18-year-old graffiti artist Israel “Reefa” Hernandez tagging an abandoned McDonald’s in Miami Beach last year, he took off running. What happened when police officers eventually caught up to him would spark international outrage and reignite a long-standing debate over the use of police Tasers.
Through interviews with attorneys, civil rights advocates, medical professionals, and a review of relevant documents, “Tasered: The Israel Hernandez Story,” an original Fusion investigative report, examines the circumstances surrounding the death of the Colombian-born teenager who died after a police officer tasered him in the chest. The documentary looks at standard police practices and explores critics’ claims that Tasers are sometimes used inappropriately.
Fusion Investigates is the network's team dedicated to original investigative reporting, with an emphasis on stories that will have an impact. Through narrative storytelling we cover issues about immigration, injustice, corruption, the economy, and the drug war.