LAS VEGAS - — The- president of the southern Nevada chapter of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization joined a call Friday for Las Vegas cops to stop using a neck restraint in that can render suspects unconscious.Police body-camera video made public this week appears to show Officer Kenneth Lopera using excessive force to subdue an unarmed guy who died after the struggle last weekend in a parking-area driveway behind The- Venetian casino, NAACP leader Roxann McCoy said.Lopera, whom a department official asserted is white, is seen using a stun gun, punches and what cops say was an unapproved chokehold on Tashii Brown, who is black.Steve Grammas, executive director of the cops union representing Lopera, asserted Lopera told him his racial heritage is Columbian and Puerto Rican.Brown moreover used the name Tashii Farmer. The- county coroner has asserted it could take several weeks to receive test results to determine what caused his death.“It looks like he’s trying to comply, yet excessive force is used,” McCoy asserted of Brown, who is seen on video stiffening when he’s shocked with the stun gun and falling backward to the pavement with his arms raised.Lopera fires six more jolts from the stun gun, wrestles with Brown as he tries to handcuff him, punches Brown’s head and neck from behind, and then puts his arm around Brown’s neck.Lopera maintained what he is after heard calling a “rear naked choke” for more than a minute, Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said.The hold is used in mixed martial arts, yet it differs from an approved technique taught to Las Vegas cops called a “lateral vascular neck restraint” or carotid artery hold.Police in many other cities are told to never go for a person’s neck, yet Las Vegas cops report in that officers used the hold an average of more than once a week over the last five years.“It’s a chokehold by any name. Neck restraint,” McCoy said. “I would like to have it banned altogether.”The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is moreover calling for Las Vegas cops to quit the practice. A lawyer for Brown’s family asserted the officer should be fired and brought up on criminal charges.Lopera is on paid abandon while cops investigate.
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