Only on 8: Video captures officers, man moments before he died while in custody

LAS VEGAS - 8 News NOW obtained exclusive video of the moment just before a man died while in police custody on the Strip early Sunday morning.  The cell phone video shows a struggle between Metro Police officers and Tashii Brown.

The 40-year-old man died moments after being put in a neck restraint by officers.

On the video, officers can be heard yelling something while wrestling with Brown, but it's inaudible.
   
Metro says Brown attempted to open the door of a pickup truck.  The video doesn't show that exact moment, but at one point during the video frames, a vehicle, matching the description released by police, can be seen driving off as officers struggle with, who's believed to be brown.

At one point, an officer could be seen throwing punches, as what appears to be hotel security stands near-by.  But back-up for the officer arrives within minutes at a time in which officers are giving Brown CPR.

Brown was pronounced dead shortly after.

'It seemed like a textbook recipe for disaster," said Cal Potter, a local attorney weighing in on the incident.

Potter represented the family of Charles Bush in a lawsuit against Metro Police in the early 1990's.  Bush died in a choke hold while he was in police custody.

Based on the details released by Metro Police, Potter has questions in regards to Metro's use of force, especially since police said Brown was acting 'erratic.'

"In this instance, it looks like the individual was suffering from what's called excited delirium that's likewise been taught since the late 90's that you don't force individuals, you don't hog tie them, you don't put them in the face down prone positions because they can die," Potter said.
   
Authorities said Brown was tased, punched, and put in a lateral vascular neck restraint, which cuts the blood flow to the brain.

The exact cause of death for Brown wasn't released.  It will be released at a later date by the Clark County Coroner's Office.

No word on whether or not officers wore body cameras, but Metro Police is expected to release more about this case on Wednesday.

In the meantime, the ACLU has asked the police department to prohibit the use of the lateral vascular neck restraint.

Tashii Brown's family has set a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral arrangements.  
 


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