Graphic video shows the minutes leading up to the death of a Virginia man while in police custody.
Officers can be seen tasing Linwood Lambert, 46, multiple times while he is handcuffed, outside of a hospital where the officers had initially taken him for medical help.
The incident happened in May 2013 in South Boston, a town of 8,000 in southern Virginia, but it is receiving renewed attention after a report aired Wednesday on MSNBC.
According to a medical examiner’s report, Lambert died after going into cardiac arrest. The cause of death was listed as “acute cocaine intoxication” and the manner of death as an accident. Lambert’s family disagrees and has reportedly filed a civil suit against South Boston police alleging excessive force, wrongful death and denial of medical care. They are seeking $25 million in damages.
Family attorney Joe Messa said he couldn’t believe what he was seeing on the video.
“It’s outrageous. It’s uncalled for,” he 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.”