The Associated Press
Created: March 19, 2020 02:33 PM
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police have confirmed that Las Cruces police used a controversial vascular neck restraint and a stun gun on a suspect before he died.
A state police report released Tuesday said Officer Christopher Smelser used a vascular neck restraint on Antonio Valenzuela who fled from a traffic stop last month.
According to authorities, the 40-year-old Valenzuela had an open bench warrant for a parole violation. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The police use of vascular neck restraint, sometimes called a chokehold, has been the subject of protests in some communities.
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