No charges in death of VA man tased 20 times by South Boston Police

No charges in death of VA man tased 20 times by South Boston Police

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney will not press charges against the South Boston Police department after a man was tased multiple times before he died.

Linwood Lambert Jr.'s cause of death was determined to be "acute cocaine intoxication." But Lambert's family doesn't buy that.

Lambert died hours after being handcuffed, shackled, and tased 20 times by South Boston Police.

"It's very heartbreaking! It has been three years to come to this conclusion?" said Lambert's sister Gwendolyn Smalls. "She could have called us back then and told us what she was going to do."

Video recently surfaced showing the moments leading up to Lambert's death. Police maintain there was no excessive force, but the family feels the video tells a different story.

"I want to see them locked up for what they did to my brother," said Smalls.

Three South Boston officers drove Lambert to the hospital, after he reported taking cocaine. He grew paranoid, and kicked out a squad car window, running towards the ER. The medical examiner lists Lambert's cause of death as "acute cocaine intoxication."

"I don't buy it. Not the level that he had in his system. It was 0.001," said Smalls. "That's like having a glass of wine."

Jack Gravely, executive director of the Virginia NAACP, echoes the family's call for justice.

"We have to keep protesting. We have to keep complaining," said Gravely. "Someone has lacked training. Someone has lacked discipline, and someone should be punished."

Smalls is promising to keep up the family's fight even as she struggles to come to terms with the decision not to prosecute.

"They felt they didn't have enough evidence to support that my brother was tased to death," said Smalls. "It's very upsetting, and it's just kind of peculiar that she would come out today on May 2, two days before the rally and the march, to say she is not going to charge the officers."

The family is holding a March of Remberance on Wednesday at 11 a.m. on Main Street in Halifax.

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