(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–As family members watched and wept, a video was played at a Police Fatality Fact-Finding Review Thursday of Luis Solano’s three- minute struggle with four Clark County Detention Center jailers early last year.
Moments after the struggle, Solano, 38, who had been arrested for drug dealing, was unconscious and not breathing.
Medical personnel were summoned and transported Solano to University Medical Center, where he died nine days later. “The cause of death was complications due to positional asphyxia due to the police restraint procedures”, said Detective Jason McCarthy, quoting a coroner’s report.
McCarthy stated that medical personnel reported Solano had a pulse as they took him from the jail, and word came from UMC still later that Solano had a pulse and was expected to recover. However, McCarthy said that days later, he was notified by Detention Center medical personnel that “Solano had not regained consciousness and that his situation was declining.”
There were no formal conclusions or verdict issued in the review, conducted during the morning and early-afternoon hours of Thursday. Solano’s family filed a wrongful death suit against the county. The video had been sought by family attorneys earlier.
The review detailed Solano’s medical conditions; he had requested several medications when he entered the Detention Center. His request for anxiety medication was denied due to policy at the jail.