Las Vegas, NV — (RT) A video shows Las Vegas police officers using excessive force against an unarmed man. Several officers attacked the victim, while he was tased several times and put in an unapproved chokehold. 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 the video clearly showing the details 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 attack on the unarmed man. At first Farmer is seen running from a police officer, later identified as Kenneth Lopera, and approaching a white pickup when the first stun gunshot comes.

Lopera was trying to prevent Farmer from carrying out what he believed was a carjacking, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) statement. However the driver then said that he did not suspect those intentions, Review Journal reports.


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.

The stun gun was used seven times in total during the incident, according to police.

During the tussle on the ground Lopera, assisted by up to three other officers, also punched Farmer in the face and head. As the victim continued to struggle, the policeman applied a “rear naked choke,” a martial arts tactic which is not approved by police authorities, the LVMPD statement says.

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The neck hold is not seen on the body camera footage, but it was better captured by the outside 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.

Farmer had a criminal history, including arrests for robbery, theft and attempted murder, and a conviction for criminal property damage. He was released from prison in January 2016.

“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.

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Between the cops and criminals, the cops are way ahead in the crime league.

  • Damiana

    The victim’s mother, Trinita Farmer, said she couldn’t watch the released video.

    What mother could watch her child be sadistically murdered by people who will face ZERO consequence for it? I hope she never has to see this video!

    • Zackknowitall

      If we learned any thing from the Rodney King beating and the Terrence Crucher murder by officer Betty Shelby is that by the juries finding them not guilty is juries saying what them cops did was ok.

  • Speckintime

    I am sorry but this guy caused his own demise, the police don’t know if he had a gun or a knife, some of these perps know they are going down and want to take a cop with them. He was fighting like a maniac and he was the one who escalated the use of force. When a cop is wrong I will call the cop wrong but I don’t see that here, taking those shocks like that and still fighting like he did made hem a very dangerous man.

    • Will Ewing Sr

      You’re just the kind of stupid motherfucker that will watch them choke that man to death on video and still let cops go. Did you see how long they choked that man? Do you have any idea how long it takes to choke someone to death? Did you see how he was tazing him and still expect him to follow his dumb as commands at the same time? Also, did you read the part where he had done nothing wrong in the first place? Wow, I hate people like you. When you’re caught by those ignorant sobs, I hope they choke the life out of you just to have some idiot on facebook say you deserve it.

      • G’ma G

        Excellent point on the choking. It takes less than 3 minutes to go unconscious and 5 or less to cause brain death.

    • G’ma G

      “the police don’t know if he had a gun or a knife”
      Exactly, they don’t know which exposes their thug mentality of shoot first.

    • Zackknowitall

      The biggest problem is the cops had no legal right to detain him or use force against him.

      There are only 2 times when a cop can uses force against a person. 1 resisting arrest and 2 self defense. This man didn’t attack them nor was he being arrested.

      • Speckintime

        Sadly Zackknowitall we get so little information from these stories and little if no follow up. I believe in most cases if you come across a group of policemen stop dead in your tracks and start running they will chase you. If they catch you and you put up a very violent struggle chances are good that they will kill you. We live in an insane violent world and the police that are in the middle of it are not playing games.

    • IceTrey

      Did you read the part about the use of an unapproved choke hold?