A family lawyer of Linwood Lambert Jr., who died after being shocked with a Taser several times by South Boston, Va., police officers in 2013, says a medical examiner is reevaluating the cause of death.
"The medical examiner believed, at the time, that it was the fact that he was a young guy whose heart stopped and she attributed it to cocaine [intoxication]," Tom Sweeney told BET.com. "But she’s now gone back and reevaluated, looked at the video and we’re waiting for her new autopsy report."
Lambert, a construction worker from Richmond, was reportedly staying at a South Boston motel and taken to a hospital by police after neighbors complained of a noise disturbance. Police handcuffed the 46-year-old and told him that they would take him to the emergency room. However, soon after they arrived at the hospital, Lambert passed away.
His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit earlier this year, and the video supports allegations made by Lambert's family, according to WTVR.com. Footage was released in November showing the moments up until this death.
In February, a hearing is scheduled for the civil lawsuit. A judge will decide "whether the police officers are immune from being sued," said Sweeney. Attorneys for the family intend to argue that the officers used excessive force while dealing with Lambert.
Reports say Lambert kicked through the rear window, ran from the police car and "crashed" into hospital doors. After this, Lambert was shocked by stun guns by the three officers. He was then taken to a jail instead of inside the hospital. There, he was given CPR at 5:30 a.m. and then was transported back to the medical facility. By 6:23 a.m., he was dead.
Currently, the criminal investigation is being conducted by by Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Q. Martin.
Sweeney said the Lambert's family is pushing to see officers held accountable for the deadly encounter. "We didn’t have the videos until the early fall and for years, the family didn’t know what happened to their son or brother," said Sweeney. "The videos tell a very important story that would not have been told had they not pursued and had the courage to bring a lawsuit."
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(Photo: WTVR-TV, CBS Local News Richmond)