Grand jury to get LVMPD officer manslaughter case

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 A prosecutor says a grand jury will review the involuntary manslaughter charge against a former Las Vegas police officer in the on-duty neck hold death of an unarmed man outside a Strip casino last May.

A judge on Thursday gave the Clark County district attorney’s office until March 26 to seek an indictment against Kenneth Lopera in the May 2017 asphyxiation death of 40-year-old Tashii Brown.

Lopera didn’t appear for the brief date-setting hearing.

The grand jury could revise the charges lodged last June against Lopera, who also faces a charge of oppression under color of office.

Steve Grammas (GRAE’-mas), a union official representing Lopera, welcomes the review.

He says evidence will show that Lopera didn’t kill Brown, who the coroner found had health problems and was under the influence of methamphetamine.
 

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