LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawyer says the mother of a 40-year-old man killed by a police officer using a neck hold after a chase through a Las Vegas Strip casino had hoped the officer would face a murder charge.
Attorney Andre Lagomarsino’s comment came after Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo announced Monday that Officer Kenneth Lopera will face involuntary manslaughter and oppression under color of authority charges in the death of Tashii S. Brown.
Brown also used the name Tashii Farmer. Lagomarsino noted that his mother, Trinita Farmer, and family held a funeral for him on Saturday.
The Clark County Coroner says Brown died of asphyxiation. He says Brown was intoxicated by methamphetamine and had an enlarged heart.
Lagomarsino says Trinita Farmer also wants The Venetian held responsible for the actions of casino security officers who helped Lopera subdue Brown.
A spokesman for the casino didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.