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May 19, 2019

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DA slates public airing of evidence in chokehold case

Authorities say evidence will be made public Sept. 11 in the death of an unarmed man who was punched, hit with stun gun jolts and put in a neck restraint by a police officer outside a Las Vegas casino last year.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson says the public should see information that was presented to a grand jury that refused to indict former officer Kenneth Lopera on charges including involuntary manslaughter.

The death of Tashii Brown in May 2017 spawned community protests and a federal wrongful death lawsuit that is pending.

The Clark County coroner ruled Brown's death resulted from "asphyxia due to police restraint."

But Lopera's legal representatives presented to the grand jury behind closed doors evidence that Brown died of cardiac arrest and methamphetamine intoxication.