Graphic Video Shows Police Repeatedly Tasing Handcuffed Suspect Who Later Died
Shocking video of police officers in Virginia tasing a suspect who later died is making the rounds online as the dead man's family has reportedly filed a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit.
Linwood Lambert, 46, is seen being tasered multiple times by multiple officers in the southern Virginia town of South Boston in May 2013 surveillance footage.
A medical examiner's report would later rule that Lambert went into cardiac arrest as a result of cocaine toxicity and police in South Boston claim they used force in response to Lambert's erratic behavior.
The grieving family disagrees, however, and has reportedly filed a multi-million suit alleging excessive force, wrongful death and denial of medical care, according to CNN.
"It's outrageous. It's uncalled for," family attorney Joe Messa said. "It's the kind of thing that shocks your conscience, and it shocks my conscience as an attorney and should shock the conscience of the public."
Video of the minutes prior to Lambert's death was taken outside a hospital emergency room, where police had taken him after picking him up at a motel on a call about a disorderly person.
Lambert appears to run toward the door of the hospital when the officers discharge their tasers. He tells them that he has taken cocaine before he falls to the floor, the footage shows.
Instead of taking him into the hospital, they bind his feet and put him back in the cruiser, where he is tased again. He is later found unconscious in the back of the car.
In response to the allegations of excessive force, attorneys for the South Boston Police told MSNBC:
"We are vigorously defending the case on behalf of the South Boston Police Department and its officers as we strongly believe the Defendants did nothing wrong in their interaction with the late Mr. Lambert on May 4, 2013 and that their actions did not cause his death...Our position is affirmed by the reports of two independent, well qualified experts in the field."