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LAWFIRM ACQUIRES VIDEO SURVEILLANCE OF POLICE TASING THAT LEADS TO DEATH OF UNARMED AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LAWFIRM ACQUIRES VIDEO SURVEILLANCE OF POLICE TASING THAT LEADS TO DEATH OF UNARMED AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN

PHILADELPHIA, PA – June 25, 2015

A month after Messa & Associates filed a wrongful death claim against the South Boston, Virginia Police Department in relation to the death of an unarmed man in their custody, Halifax Regional Hospital has surrendered video surveillance from the front door of their facility showing multiple tasings by officers of an already subdued and apprehended man.

Linwood Lambert, Jr. was taken into police custody during the early morning hours of May 4, 2013 from a South Boston, VA Super 8 Motel, where it was determined that he was in need of psychiatric and medical attention. Three officers handcuffed the man and put him in the back of a police cruiser to take him to the Halifax Regional Hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, Mr. Lambert exits the car and runs to the door of the Emergency Department when two officers tase him simultaneously. It is unclear in the video how long they are sending electrical volts through Mr. Lambert’s body, but if his writhing is an indicator, electricity was sent through him multiple times during the short time he was in front of the hospital. Mr. Lambert’s ankles were tied and he was returned to the police cruiser and hauled off to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail, without ever receiving the medical treatment it was clear he needed about an hour prior.

In a second video, Mr. Lambert is seen returning to the hospital in an ambulance, intubated. Medical records indicate that Mr. Lambert became unresponsive in the ambulance and EMTs began rescue efforts en route to the hospital. It is unclear whether or not he is alive upon arrival. He is pronounced dead about an hour later.

The case was filed in the Western District of Virginia Danville Division by Joseph L. Messa, Jr., Esq., Ramon A. Arreola, Esq., and Thomas N. Sweeney, Esq., all of Messa & Associates, P.C. Mr. Messa spoke of his case, saying,

“The death of Linwood Lambert, Jr. is tragic because it could have been prevented. The use of TASER weapons by law enforcement officers has resulted in hundreds of unnecessary deaths across the United States. This is unacceptable. Citizens in any community should not fear the law enforcement officers that are sworn to protect them. The Town of South Boston and the South Boston police department have a responsibility to prevent the unnecessary, inappropriate, or gratuitous use of TASER weapons by inadequately trained law enforcement officers.”

For more information, please contact Angela Leone at 215-568-3500 or aleone@messalaw.com.

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