A recent video shows Las Vegas police officers using deadly excessive force against an unarmed and innocent man. Several officers are seen in the video attacking the victim, while he was tasered and several times and put in an unapproved chokehold until he murdered by police. Had he survived, he would have faced no criminal charges.
The man, identified as 40-year-old Tashi Farmer died in custody on May 14 but information on the murder and the video of the incident has only recently been released.
An officer’s body camera video as well as outside security camera footage feature the chase and murder of the unarmed man. At first Farmer is seen running from a police officer later identified as Kenneth Lopera, nd approaching a white pickup when the first stun gunshot comes.
Lopera was trying to prevent Farmer from carrying out what he claimed was a carjacking according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) statement. However the driver then said that he did not suspect those intentions with whpo called police to report a suspecte carjacking unknown at this time.
Farmer is then seen lying on the ground as the policeman is heard yelling “Don’t move! Get on your stomach!” While the man cried out “I will,” still lying on the ground and attempting to pull the Taser probe out of his back, he was struck several more times whilst incapacitated by the police action..
The stun gun was used seven times in total during the incident, according to Las Vegas police.
During the tussle on the ground Lopera was assisted by up to three other officers who also punched Farmer in the face and beat him around the head. As the victim of the assault continued to struggle the policeman applied a “rear naked choke,” a martial arts tactic which killed the victim and is banned by police authorities the LVMPD statement says.
The neck hold was not seen on the body camera footage but can be viewed by the outside CCTV camera. Three people are seen assisting the officer during the attack on Farmer, who are subsequently replaced by three arriving police officers.
Emergency Services were called to the scene, when “it was realized he [Tashi Farmer] wasn’t breathing,” according to the LVMPD. Some 40 minutes after the incident Farmer was declared dead at the Sunrise Trauma Center. The official cause of the death has not been announced so far.
“At the present time the Force Investigation Team has concluded that there are no applicable charges that would have been levied against [Farmer] had he survived the incident,” LVMPD Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said during at a news conference.
The victim’s mother, Trinita Farmer, said she couldn’t watch the released video.
“I don’t want to look. I just want to bury my son,” she is cited as saying by AP.
The LVMPD is currently carrying out an investigation into the incident and Lopera’s use of force, while the officer has been put on paid leave.