Update: The three officers in question were not charged and since this incident, have been promoted.
The family of a Richmond man who died over two years ago in police custody under suspicious circumstances has released a video that shows what exactly happened in the moments that led to the unarmed black man’s tragic death.
Three Virginia cops picked up Linwood Lambert from a local motel on the morning of May 4, 2013. Since he appeared to have used cocaine and seemed altered, the cops put him in their squad car and said they were taking him to the ER for medical assistance.
Lambert was never arrested, but he never made it to the hospital either — not alive, at least.
The video, acquired by MSNBC, shows that although the victim was not under arrest, he was handcuffed as he was placed in the back of a police vehicle. When they arrived at the hospital, Lambert kicked out the window of the cruiser, and began running to the entrance of the ER.
However, before he could enter the hospital, the officers — identified as Corporal Tiffany Bratton, Officer Clifton Mann and Officer Travis Clay — began shocking him with their tasers.
“Every time you get up, I’m going to pop you,” an officer told the victim as the others continue to shock him.
Lambert was shackled and led back into the police car, where an officer tased the bound man once again before driving to the jail. However, by the time they arrived, the man was unresponsive. It was later revealed that he had died even before he could be transported to the hospital.
The reports claim the three officers discharged their tasers 20 times in about a half-hour of their encounter with Lambert.
Lambert’s sister, Gwendolyn Smalls, has filed a $25 million suit against the police, while all three of the officers involved in the incident have since been promoted.