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Family reacts to district attorney's ruling surrounding inmate death

By Spencer Lubitz. CREATED Mar 6, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's been exactly one year since inmate Luis Solano died in custody.

The coroner had already determined Solano died as a result of the way officers were restraining him.

On Thursday, the district attorney announced those actions were excusable. That news came particularly hard to Solano's daughter who is mourning him, on the one-year anniversary of his death.

"In a way I expected it, everything they've done is a slap in the face," said Carmen Solano.

It was just last month that Carmen first saw the video of the incident between her father and police, during the district attorney's fact-finding review of Solano's death.

Officials said Solano, who had been arrested on drugs and weapons charges, had walked into a restricted area before making large hand gestures at other inmates.

Carmen believes her father was in the midst of a medical episode.

The altercation left Solano comatose at UMC for a week where he later died.

Now that the officers have been excused of any wrongdoing by the district attorney, Carmen can proceed with a civil lawsuit against all parties involved.

"I filed the lawsuit last year as soon as he died, and to think that I have had to wait a year for a piece of evidence, a crucial piece of evidence is just ridiculous," said Carmen.

Carmen said what she's looking forward to the most is hearing directly from the officers she blames for her father's death.

Spencer Lubitz

Spencer Lubitz

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Spencer Lubitz is a general assignment reporter for Action News.