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Las Vegas Metropolitan police officer Kenneth Lopera has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for his role in the death of Tashi Farmer on May 14, according to a press release from LVMPD.

LVMPD say Farmer approached Lopera and his partner inside Las Vegasí Venetian Hotel to complain of people chasing him, only to run away into a restricted area of the property. The officers gave chase and eventually caught up with Farmer on a hotel roadway. Police say Lopera used an unapproved ìrear naked chokeî on Farmer to stop what he believed to be a carjacking in progress. Farmer was also tased during the altercation and struck with a closed fist multiple times, police say. Lopera applied the unapproved technique on Farmer for over a minute, according to the LVMPD press release.

After Farmer was handcuffed, medical personnel were summoned when it was determined that he wasnít breathing. Officers attempted to resuscitate him until paramedics arrived, LVMPD says. Farmer was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Charges were filed against Lopera Monday after the Clark County Coronerís Office ruled Farmerís death as homicide due to asphyxiation related to police restraint. The Coroner also ruled that contributing factors were an enlarged heart and methamphetamine intoxication. In addition to involuntary manslaughter, Lopera was also charged with oppression under the color of office.

Lopera was placed on paid administrative leave after the incident, but will now go on unpaid administrative leave because of the charges. He also faces an internal administrative investigation in addition to the criminal investigation, LVMPD says.
Las Vegas Metropolitan police officer Kenneth Lopera has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for his role in the death of Tashi Farmer on May 14, according to a press release from LVMPD.

LVMPD say Farmer approached Lopera and his partner inside Las Vegasí Venetian Hotel to complain of people chasing him, only to run away into a restricted area of the property. The officers gave chase and eventually caught up with Farmer on a hotel roadway. Police say Lopera used an unapproved ìrear naked chokeî on Farmer to stop what he believed to be a carjacking in progress. Farmer was also tased during the altercation and struck with a closed fist multiple times, police say. Lopera applied the unapproved technique on Farmer for over a minute, according to the LVMPD press release.

After Farmer was handcuffed, medical personnel were summoned when it was determined that he wasnít breathing. Officers attempted to resuscitate him until paramedics arrived, LVMPD says. Farmer was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Charges were filed against Lopera Monday after the Clark County Coronerís Office ruled Farmerís death as homicide due to asphyxiation related to police restraint. The Coroner also ruled that contributing factors were an enlarged heart and methamphetamine intoxication. In addition to involuntary manslaughter, Lopera was also charged with oppression under the color of office.

Lopera was placed on paid administrative leave after the incident, but will now go on unpaid administrative leave because of the charges. He also faces an internal administrative investigation in addition to the criminal investigation, LVMPD says.

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Charges were filed against Las Vegas Metropolitan police officer Kenneth Lopera after the Clark County Coroner's Office ruled Tashii Farmer's death as homicide due to asphyxiation.

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Charges were filed against Las Vegas Metropolitan police officer Kenneth Lopera after the Clark County Coroner's Office ruled Tashii Farmer's death as homicide due to asphyxiation.