LAS VEGAS (AP) — A death of a Wisconsin man in Las Vegas two months ago has been ruled a homicide by the Clark County coroner’s office.
Nicholas Farah of Appleton was put into a restraint chair by four Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers March 31 at the county jail.
The coroner’s office said Thursday the cause of death was asphyxia during restraining procedures with other significant conditions listed as methamphetamine intoxication and obesity.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the 36-year-old Farah died at a hospital the night he was restrained.
Farah was arrested after a hotel’s management told police he was acting strangely, repeatedly calling cabs and then refusing service when they arrived.
Police are conducting internal criminal and administrative investigations into Farah’s death and the four officers involved are on administrative leave.
Eric Farah, brother of Nick Farah, sent a statement to Local 5,
This is a very difficult time for the family and his beautiful daughters that he loved very much! We’ve been very anxious for answers and hope to fully discover the situation. It’s a shame something like this ever could occur, and we hope it brings light to policies/procedures on how people are treated. We will continue to remember him every day and hope others do as well.
Below is a video by the Las Vegas Police Department from March 31st when the incident originally occurred.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com