DA opens floor to community on questions surrounding Tashii Brown's death

Body camera footage shows the moments leading up to Tashii Brown's death in 2017. (KSNV)

Many in the community are still demanding justice for Tashii Farmer Brown, who died after a Las Vegas police officer used an illegal choke hold to restrain him at the Venetian last year.

Friends, family and community members in support of Brown say he was asking for help from officers before he died at the hands of one.

The district attorney's office on Monday presented findings in the case against former Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer Kenneth Lopera, including body camera footage and surveillance video from the incident.

Lopera was charged with involuntary man slaughter and oppression under color of office in the death of 40-year-old Brown after he tazed Brown seven times and used an illegal chokehold to restrain him.

The case was referred to the grand jury and Lopera's criminal charges were ultimately dropped as a result of conflicting medical and use of force evidence. These findings were presented by the district attorney's office in an attempt to be transparent in light of the grand jury's decision not to indict.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says Lopera was never interviewed by the department; therefore there is no evidence that Brown committed a crime.

Lopera is no longer with the department.

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