Las Vegas police say a patrol officer used a stun gun seven times and an unapproved mixed martial arts chokehold to subdue an unarmed man who died after a foot chase through a casino.
Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters on Wednesday that body camera video recorded Officer Kenneth Lopera saying he used a “rear naked choke,” to subdue the man the Clark County coroner identifies as Tashii S. Brown.
Police say Brown also used the name Tashii Farmer.
McMahill says that kind of neck restraint isn’t authorized.
Lopera is on paid leave, and the department is using body camera and casino security video in its investigation of the fatal confrontation Sunday outside The Venetian resort.
It’s expected to take several weeks for the coroner to determine Brown’s cause of death.
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