Questions surround technique used on man who died in Metro's custody

LAS VEGAS - Ever since a man died in Metro Police's custody over the weekend, a controversial police technique is being questioned.

Early Sunday morning, an officer used a neck restraint on Tashii Brown, a suspect who they say wasn't cooperating.  The incident happened outside of the Venetian Las Vegas.
 
Brown, 40, never regained consciousness.  His family says they have more questions than answers.  According to the family, the man described by police is not the man they knew.   

"Tashii would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it," Browns cousin Marsharee Washington said.

Washington says Brown was an aspiring clothing designer who was never violent.  She also said, to her knowledge, Brow doesn't have mental health or substance abuse issues.

Washington says she can't wrap her head around what police said happened.  Washinton has questioned the use of force, wondering whether or not a neck restraint was excessive.

Back in the early 1990's, Metro did away with using choke holds which cuts off oxygen to the brain.  Instead, the police department trained its officers to use what is known as lateral vascular neck restraint.  This is a technique that cuts blood flow to the brain.

According to Metro Police, lateral vascular neck restraint was the method used on Brown.

The change to Metro's police derived from the death of Charles Bush.  Bush died in the 90's in police custody after officers stormed into his apartment.
 
Bush's family sued the police department and settled the case for more than $1 million.

Attorney Cal Potter represented Bush's family.  He says he believes there are lessons to be learned from the latest incident.

"Things did change, and that's why it's important not only for the family whose lost a loved one but it's important for our community and our society that changes be made to protect individuals," Potter said.  "A police officer, that's the reason they receive that type of training."

In another case from 2009, Dustin Boone died after police put him in a lateral vascular neck restraint.  Much like Bush's family, Boone's family sued the police department and settled for $1 million.
   
8 News NOW reached out to Metro Police, but the agency hasn't answered any of the questions related to the latest incident.

The police department is expected to release more details on Wednesday.


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • #OurPain
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Turkey-Thon
  • Vegas Strong 5K/1-Mile
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Politics Now
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Connect with 8 News NOW
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center