Clark County to host public review in inmate’s 2019 death

Nicholas Farah, 36, died March 31, 2019, while in custody at the Clark County Detention Center …Nicholas Farah, 36, died March 31, 2019, while in custody at the Clark County Detention Center after four Metropolitan Police Department corrections officers restrained him. The Clark County coroner’s office was ruled his death was a homicide resulting from the restraint.

Clark County authorities will hold a public case review next week in the March 2019 death of a Wisconsin man who was restrained by Las Vegas corrections officers when he stopped breathing.

Nicholas Farah, 36, died at University Medical Center, and the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed after his March 31, 2019, death that Clark County Detention Center corrections officers had him restrained in the jail just before a medical staffer noticed Farah was no longer moving.

Nearly a year after Farah’s death, the Clark County district attorney’s office will present the case 9 a.m. Monday in commission chambers at the Clark County Government Center. The presentation will be streamed live on the county’s YouTube channel and aired on Clark County Television, Channel 4, the county announced.

The Clark County coroner’s office ruled Farah’s death a homicide; asphyxia during restraining procedures was the primary cause of his death.

The district attorney’s office previously determined none of the officers involved would be charged with crimes.

The review board is selected by Clark County Manager Yolanda King. Attorney Craig Drummond will preside over the board, attorney Carl Arnold will serve as the board’s ombudsman, and Chief Deputy District Attorney Pamela Weckerly will represent the district attorney’s office, according to a county news release.

The purpose of the review is to give members of the public more information about the use of force in this case, according to the news release. People who attend the case review will be able to submit written questions to Drummond.

There will be no formal determination about the manner or cause of death after the review, the release said.

Contact Dalton LaFerney at or at 702-383-0288. Follow @daltonlaferney on Twitter.


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