LAS VEGAS – The Metro Police officer charged in the death of a man who died in police custody is no longer on the force. 8 News NOW learned from the Las Vegas Police Protective Association that Kenneth Lopera has retired.
In June, the Clark County District Attorney’s office charged Lopera with involuntary manslaughter and oppression under color of office in the death of Tashii Brown, also know as Tashii Farmer.
Brown died after being placed in an unauthorized chokehold by Lopera on May 14, 2017.
Lopera is facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter and oppression under color of office.
Brown died after being placed in an unauthorized choke hold.
According to Lopera’s arrest report, the officer struck Brown in the head 10 to 12 times and held Brown in the chokehold 45 seconds after another officer asked him to release Brown. Lopera also repeatedly discharged a taser into Tashi Brown’s body without giving Brown an opportunity to comply with his commands, the report said.
According to the coroner, Brown’s cause of death was “asphyxia due to police restraint procedures and other significant conditions, including methamphetamine intoxication and cardiomegaly (enlarged heart).”
No word on what this means for Lopera’s suit against the department.
Lopera suit against the Metro Police Department states, “LVMPD disguises administrative investigations as criminal investigations.”