Prosecutor to review police neck restraint death

May 16, 2017, 09:14
Prosecutor to review police neck restraint death

The death of an unarmed man after police squeezed his neck during a struggle to subdue him outside the Las Vegas Strip casino raised questions about the risks of the technique created to restrict the flow of blood to the brain.

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.

The death of an unarmed man who died after police used a sanctioned chokehold technique has raised new questions about the controversial method.

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The local coroner's office has yet to release the official cause of death in the case, but the Metro's Force Investigation Team & Critical Incident Review Team has begun an investigation into the matter, according to police.

"Too many people have died as a result of this type of excessive force", Tod Story, executive director of the ACLU of Nevada, told NBC 3. Venetian security guards also tried to help the officers. A Venetian spokesman, Ron Reese, referred questions to police.

Police used a stun gun to subdue a man in Las Vegas, who then died in custody.

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Brown's mother didn't immediately respond to a telephone message seeking comment.

Police said the lateral vascular neck restraint is not a chokehold but a manoeuvre that restricts blood to and from the brain, making it more hard for suspects to resist arrest. The officers used a Taser, which police said took "immediate effect".

"The LVNR is a specific method of applying pressure to the side of a subject's neck to overcome resistance and allow safe control".

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"There are a lot of variables, including the competence of the officer, the condition of the person, mental health issues, whether they're a smoker, alcohol (use)", O'Donnell said.

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