Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Unarmed man dies after Vegas officer uses neck technique

Unarmed man dies after Vegas officer uses neck technique

According to police, uniformed officers were attempting to conduct a stop with the man on the 3000 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard when he ran from them, initiating the pursuit at around 12:56 a.m. The unarmed man was "acting erratic" and told police people were chasing him.

He is then said to have run away through a secured area before officers chased him into a auto park at the back of resort and used a Taser and a series of punches to restrain him.

The top prosecutor in Las Vegas says there will be a use-of-force review of the death of an unarmed man after police officers squeezed his neck to subdue him outside a Las Vegas Strip casino. "Too many people have died as a result of this type of excessive force and too many questions remain about the use of choke-holds by our police", he added. Venetian security guards also tried to assist the officers.

Non-deadly use of force decreased by 8 percent over the past five years, the report said.

A man shot and killed himself in public Monday, Las Vegas police said. "But there has got to be another option", Story said.

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A spokesperson for Las Vegas Sands, which operates the Venetian, didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment Monday morning. It said officers began CPR, but Brown was pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. Captured on cellphone video, the 43-year-old father said "I can't breathe" 11 times before he died of neck and chest compression, made worse by his underlying health problems.

The brand of chokehold in question - a blood choke, or a Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint (LVNR) technique, in sanitized police vernacular.

Callers who notified police were "trying to protect the kids from the crime scene", Metro spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said. Per deppolicy, the identity of the officer involved will be released after 48 hours, per department policy.

O'Donnell called it harder than it looks to handcuff a person who resists arrest, but said reaching for the neck can be unsafe.

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