Video: Man Tased Repeatedly Before Dying in Custody

The incident happened two years ago and no charges were ever filed
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2015 5:20 PM CST
Still from MSNBC video of man being tased by three officers shortly before dying in police custody.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – A 46-year-old man having a medical emergency died after being tased up to 20 times by police officers while restrained and in custody, MSNBC reports. That was more than two years ago. Since then, no charges have been filed, and the three Virginia police officers involved were promoted. Now police videos documenting the final hour of Linwood Lambert's life have been obtained exclusively by MSNBC and shed light on the events of that early May morning. Officers picked Lambert up at a motel—where he was hallucinating and acting paranoid—and took him to the hospital in handcuffs for medical attention. At the hospital an agitated Lambert kicks out a patrol car window before running face first into the hospital's glass doors. That's when the tasing started.

MSNBC reports Lambert was tased multiple times while on the ground in front of the hospital—despite verbally complying with the officers' orders—and nurses recalled seeing all three officers tase him at once. Lambert can be heard on video admitting to doing cocaine, at which point he was placed under arrest and put back into a patrol car where he was tased some more, despite department rules against tasing a restrained suspect. He was driven unconscious to jail while—in the words of one officer—"bleeding like a hog," despite department regulations stating suspects should be given medical attention first. When CPR failed at the jail, he was driven back to the hospital and pronounced dead. Lambert's family has sued the police for $25 million over the use of excessive force, a charge they deny. Read the full story and see the video here. (Read more police brutality stories.)

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