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No federal charges against police in tasing death of Linwood Lambert

The Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney will not press charges against the South Boston Police department. (Source: NBC12) The Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney will not press charges against the South Boston Police department. (Source: NBC12)
The NAACP and the Lambert family during a May 2016 press conference. (Source: NBC12) The NAACP and the Lambert family during a May 2016 press conference. (Source: NBC12)
HALIFAX, VA (WWBT) -

A federal prosecutor says he will not pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against three Virginia police officers who used stun guns multiple times on a black man before his death.

U.S. Attorney John Fishwick Jr. said Thursday that an investigation into death of Linwood Lambert Jr. found insufficient evidence to prove that the three officers violated federal law by willfully using unreasonable force against the man.

Back in May, the Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney also said they would not press charges against the South Boston Police Department. Two days later, the NAACP called for a moratorium against tasers.

Lambert was tased 20 times by South Boston Police before he died on May 4, 2013.

Lambert's cause of death was determined to be "acute cocaine intoxication," but his family does not buy that and is asking police to stop using tasers until proper training is in place.

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