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Israel “Reefa” Hernandez

Based on a photo by Heather Bozzone

“Israel Hernandez was killed by the Miami Beach Police for scribbling an “R” pictured here on an abandoned McDonald’s wall. The 18-year-old skater was chased down, pushed up against a wall, and tased, after which he started to show signs of “medical duress.” One witness even said the officers were congratulating each other after tasing him.

Hernandez might have been fleeing out of fear of deportation. He was a recently documented Colombian immigrant. Regardless of the circumstances, no one should have to die for scribbling an “R” on a wall. Sign and share to tell the Miami Beach Police department that you want the officers who did this to be held accountable and action taken to make sure this never happens again.”


A portrait of a young man with brown skin, large brown eyes, curly short hair, who looks directly at the viewer. His portrait is placed in an oval shape with a light teal color. Behind the oval, a bright pink background and the text, in white, saying, “I am Israel “Reefa” Hernandez, and My Life Matters.” The letter “R” is inscribed on Mr. Hernandez’s shoulder. Below, in small text, it states, “Viva Reefa, Viva Trayvon, Viva Oscar, Paint is Temporary, Death is permanent. Design by

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