According to MSNBC, Police officers in South Boston, Virginia tasered a man multiple times in front of the hospital they were bringing him to. They not only left before seeking any treatment for him, but they allowed the man to die in their custody.
The footage that was recently released shows three officers using tasers on an unarmed 46-year-old Linwood Lambert in front of a local hospital and in a patrol car while handcuffed and shackled at the ankles. According to the department’s rules- Taser use is “no longer justified once the subject has been restrained.” So, why was Linwood tased? And why the hell were their devices used 20 times over the course of a 30-minute period?
That’s not the only rule these bullies broke. The footage also shows the officers breaking the department’s rules regarding the provision of medical assistance to suspects after the use of a Taser. They were right there. You would think that after tasering someone who just admitted to being on cocaine that they would admit him for care instead of throwing him in a squad car and tasering him some more.
Lambert was assured by an officer that he was not under arrest.
We’re not locking you up, we’re going to the ER
The officers- Cpl. Tiffany Bratton and Officers Travis Clay and Clifton Mann — took Lambert to the hospital after noticing that he was hallucinating and “acting paranoid” during the initial encounter at a motel. The footage shows officers use their Tasers on Lambert after his failed attempt to run into the hospital. You can see Lambert fall to the ground while an officer threatens to “light him up” if he doesn’t roll over.
Lambert arrived at the jail unconscious before returning to the same hospital he was originally tasered only to be pronounced dead at 6:23 a.m.
The police once again refused to turn over the footage until Lambert’s sister filed a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit against the department. Not only has no one been arrested in connection with Lambert’s death, but the officers have all been promoted.