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UPDATE: Man identified who dieD after police use neck restraint technique

LAS VEGAS, NV - A man who died after a police officer used a tactical neck hold to try to gain control of him has been identified as 40-year-old Tashii Brown of Las Vegas by the Clark County Coroner.

The incident began around 12:54 a.m. inside the Venetian Hotel when Tashii approached two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers.

According to police, Tashii was acting erratic and said people were chasing him. When one of the officers attempted to talk with him, he took off running and the officers followed.

Once outside of the Venetian, the officers saw Tashii try to open up the tailgate of a pickup truck. When he was unsuccessful, he approached the driver side door, investigators said.

One officer then used a Taser on Tashii, which had an immediate effect on him, but he was able to overcome the shock and began fighting off the officers, investigators said.

During the struggle to take Tashii into custody, police say security guards with the Venetian jumped in to help the officers.

Investigators say the altercation escalated. One officer then punched Tashii multiple times and used a technique called the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint.

The technique applies pressure to the side of a subject's neck to overcome resistance and allow safe control, according to LVMPD.

During the neck hold, the suspect lost consciousness and officers immediately started CPR, investigators said.

Medical responders rushed Tashii to Sunrise Trauma Center where he died at 1:39 a.m.

LVMPD's Force Investigation Section is looking into the incident.

Techniques like the lateral vascular neck restraint have come under intense criticism in recent years, particularly since the 2014 death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man from Staten Island who died after a police officer put him in a chokehold. 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. Activists around the country adopted the phrase as a rallying cry.

The lateral vascular neck restraint is not considered deadly force by the Las Vegas police. According to the department’s general orders, all commissioned officers at or below the rank of lieutenant are trained in the technique, which is described as a “defensive tactic to quickly and safely stop active/aggressive resistance.”

The restraint, used by police departments around the country, is designed to restrict blood flow to a person’s brain by compressing arteries in the neck, rather than by cutting off a person’s airway. Deployed properly, it’s supposed to help officers control suspects without killing or seriously injuring them, according to the National Law Enforcement Training Center.

The organization calls neck restraints “a safe, viable and effective option for police officers in arrest and control scenarios.” It also stresses that the lateral vascular neck restraint is different from a chokehold or bar-arm choke, which involve squeezing a person’s trachea.


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