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VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY PROLONGS POLICE CONDUCT INVESTIGATION IN THE DEATH OF LINWOOD LAMBERT TO SEEK OUT ADDITIONAL REVIEW OF MEDICAL FINDINGS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY PROLONGS POLICE CONDUCT INVESTIGATION IN THE DEATH OF LINWOOD LAMBERT TO SEEK OUT ADDITIONAL REVIEW OF MEDICAL FINDINGS

PHILADELPHIA, PA – November 16, 2015

Linwood Lambert, Jr. died in the custody of the South Boston, Virginia Police (SBPD) on May 4, 2013. Documents obtained just days ago in the underlying civil suit from the Virginia State Police reveal it completed its investigation nearly two years ago. Thirty months after Lambert’s death, the Commonwealth’s Attorney has not rendered a prosecutorial decision and the investigation remains open.

These internal documents from the Commonwealth’s investigation raise even more questions. After her election, Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Q. Martin took over the investigation in December 2013. On May 1, 2014, Virginia State Police Special Agent John T. Rieger wrote that Ms. Martin had completed her review of investigative materials and had initially decided the “there has been no violation of law by the officers involved.” But when Special Agent Rieger asked for her written decision in February 2015, Ms. Martin apparently changed her mind. She reopened the case and requested the appointment of a special prosecutor. Ms. Martin and Special Prosecutor Mike Herring sought additional review of the medical examiner’s findings.

Ms. Martin continues to evaluate the video evidence from the night of Lambert’s death which demonstrably undermines the medical examiner’s Autopsy Report findings. Internal documents which show Ms. Martin’s insistence on supplemental investigation only strengthen Linwood Lambert’s family’s belief that officers Mann, Bratton, and Clay used excessive force by their repeated tasing of an unarmed and restrained citizen.

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

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