Death in Vegas raises questions about police restraint move

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Wolfson says the proceedings will be similar to those he holds in shooting cases.

The restraint, used by police departments around the country, is created to restrict blood flow to a person's brain by compressing arteries in the neck, rather than by cutting off a person's airway.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said there will be a public use-of-force review to air the findings of the investigation of the death early Sunday of Tashii S. Brown, 40, of Las Vegas. The officers used a Taser, which police said took "immediate effect".

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The statement said Brown acted "erratic", approaching two police officers inside The Venetian resort, claiming people were chasing him, and then running through a secured area to an outside door.

Police then performed CPR and Brown was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, but was pronounced dead at 1.39am local time on Monday (15 May). A ruling about the cause of death is pending.

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The lateral vascular neck restraint is not considered deadly force by the Las Vegas police.

Eugene O'Donnell, a former NY police officer who is a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said police in NY are taught not to use any kind of chokehold.

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.

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

The Office of Internal Oversight and Constitutional Policing are investigating.

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