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Arrest Report: Officer Told Colleague To Stop Choke Hold

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An arrest report says a suspended Las Vegas police officer who is accused of killing a man with an unapproved choke hold maintained the neck restraint for more than a minute— including 46 seconds after another officer told him to let go.

The document obtained Wednesday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal says Officer Kenneth Lopera violated several departmental policies in the early May 14 arrest death of Tashii S. Brown.

Brown also used the name Tashii Farmer. The coroner ruled Monday that Brown was intoxicated by methamphetamine and had an enlarged heart, but that he died of asphyxiation while being restrained by the officer.

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Lopera is facing two felony charges including involuntary manslaughter.

His police union legal representative, Steve Grammas, says they'll dispute facts in the report.