Las Vegas Unarmed Man Dies After Police Use Stun Gun and ‘Neck Restraint’

Police in Las Vegas said an unarmed man died early Sunday after officers used a stun gun and “neck restraint” to subdue him during an arrest.

The incident took place around 1 a.m., near The Venetian casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

Officers said the man, who approached two uniformed officers inside The Venetian, was “acting erratic” and paranoid, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The man told officers that “people were chasing him” and ran off. Both officers followed, police said, and caught the man after he tried opening a tailgate on someone’s pickup before approaching the side door of the vehicle. The officers used a Taser, which police said took “immediate effect.”

Police said the man kept fighting, so one of the officers punched him several times before administering a “department approved control technique” called the lateral vascular neck restraint.

The man lost consciousness and the officers performed CPR. He was taken to a local hospital, but was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Police said the lateral vascular neck restraint is not a chokehold but a maneuver that restricts blood to and from the brain, making it more difficult for suspects to resist arrest.

The Associated Press reported that the Office of Internal Oversight and Constitutional Policing are investigating the death.

The victim was not immediately identified.

Source: USA TODAY | Greg Toppo