LAS VEGAS The Police Fatality Public Fact-finding Review into the February 2013 death of Luis Solano was held this morning at the Clark County Government Center Commission Chambers.
According to reports, on Feb. 25, 2013, Solano got into an altercation with corrections officers at the Clark County Detention Center. During the altercation, officers restrained Solano and then worked to revive him after noticing he had become unresponsive. Solano died in the hospital on March 6.
The review was presided over by Hearing Officer Craig Drummond, a former U.S. Army military prosecutor, and David Fischer served as ombudsman. Both men are local criminal defense attorneys.
Presiding officers and ombudsmen are selected by the county manager from lists approved by the County Commission. The ombudsman represents the public and the deceased's family in this fact-finding review.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Staudaher represented the Clark County district attorney's office.
This was the seventh fact-finding review, which replaced the process known as the "coroner's inquest." Under this new process adopted by the County Commission in January 2013, when a police-involved death occurs and the district attorney's office preliminarily determines that no criminal prosecution of the officer or officers involved is appropriate, the district attorney calls for a Police Fatality Public Fact-finding Review.
At the review, DA representatives present witnesses and make a presentation of the essential facts surrounding the police-involved death. After the prosecutors finish their presentation, the presiding officer and ombudsman may also ask questions.
From news release