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LVMPD officer accused in man's choke-hold death sues department

Kenneth Lopera appears in court Monday, August 21, 2017, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (Bradford Boyer/KSNV)

The Las Vegas officer facing charges in the May death of an unarmed black man has filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police Department.

The lawsuit filed last week argues that officer Kenneth Lopera should not have to submit to a formal interview regarding the death of Tashii Brown, which is a requirement set forth by the department's internal investigation process.

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The lawsuit states submitting to a formal interview would provide Lopera with "no immunity from future prosecution based on those statements."

LVMPD Officer Laura Meltzer says the department can't comment.

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Lopera's lawyer, Anthony Sgro, did not respond to a request for comment.

Surveillance footage shows Lopera shocking Brown with a stun gun and placing him in an unauthorized choke-hold for more than a minute during the arrest.

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