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Stun gun death in Miami Beach leads to new policy and stun guns

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two years after an 18-year-old was fatally hit with a stun gun by Miami Beach police, the city's police department has changed its stun gun procedures and introduced a new stun gun model for officers.

Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates told local media Tuesday that officers can no longer aim a stun gun at a suspect's chest or fire if there is no immediate threat or if a suspect is handcuffed.

Oates told the Miami Herald on Thursday that the August 2013 death of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez-Llach was one of the reasons for why officers are being given new stun guns that use less energy.

Hernandez-Llach died after an officer shot him in the chest with a stun gun during a foot chase triggered after a witness saw him spray-painting graffiti.

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