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Timeline for Tashii Farmer death and lawsuit

Posted at 1:07 PM, Jul 17, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The following is a timeline for the case of Tashii Farmer, also known as Tashii Brown. His family has reached a tentative settlement of $2.2 million with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, according to the family's attorney. READ MORE.

Watch 13 Action News later today for a complete report from reporter Astrid Mendez.

MAY 14, 2018
The incident began around 1 a.m. May 14, 2017

Tashii Farmer, also known as Tashii Brown, approached police officers outside The Venetian hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. He was described as acting erratic and paranoid and said people were chasing him.

Farmer then began to run away and the officers chased him. He approaches a vehicle and briefly attempts to get inside. That is when he was tased.

Farmer was tased 7 times and also punched by the police officers.

He was then placed into a rear naked chokehold by LVMPD Offier Kenneth Lopera. He was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and was pronounced deceased at about 1:40 a.M.

JUNE 12, 2O17
Officer Lopera is formally charged with manslaughter. FULL STORY.

Lopera sues the police department to stop a formal interview about the incident. The police department releases the associated Force Investigation Team (FIT) Report. READ REPORT.

MAY 14, 2018
Tashii Farmer’s mother Trinita Farmer holds rally on Las Vegas Strip on Mother’s Day, one year after the deadly incident. It is also announced that she has filed a lawsuit. The lawsuit accuses Lopera of bragging about killing Farmer. FULL STORY.

JUNE 2018
Case against Offcer Lopera is sent to the grand jury. FULL STORY.

JULY 26, 2018
Grand jury chooses not to indict Officer Lopero, Criminal charges dismissed. He then retires before he could be fired for excessive force. FULL STORY.

AUG. 1, 2018
District Attorney Steve Wolfson says that he is choosing to drop the case against Lopera because he can not prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. Standards for jury trials are higher than what is required for a grand jury indictment. FULL STORY.

SEPT. 5, 2018
The public fact-finding review into the death of Tashii Brown is postponed about two weeks. FULL STORY.

SEPT. 24, 2018
The fact-finding review takes place. The purpose of the review is to simply inform the public about what happened. Farmer’s mother walks out of the review. The family says they are unsatisfied with the review. FULL STORY.

OCT. 23, 2018
Two civil rights organizations begin pushing for more answers about the death of Tashii Farmer Brown. The ACLU of Nevada and the NAACP ask for additional records. FULL STORY.

Farmer vs. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department case text released. FULL STORY.

JULY 8, 2020
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announces that it has changed its policy on a neck restraint technique to only allow it in life-threatening situations. The technique, officially known as the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint, was previously allowed in any instance when an officer was confronted by “an assaultive person."