RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three Virginia police officers repeatedly used stuns guns on a man who later died in their custody, according to recently released video that has brought new attention to the case.
The video, first obtained by MSNBC, shows the three police officers in South Boston, Virginia, repeatedly shocking Linwood R. Lambert Jr. after he ran from a police cruiser to the doors of an emergency room and again when he's back in the cruiser, restrained in the back seat.
In a $25 million lawsuit that Lambert's family filed in April, the officers' attorneys say they arrested Lambert after responding to a noise complaint at a motel. They took him to a hospital for an unspecified condition.
The lawsuit says that after shocking Lambert, the officers left the hospital with Lambert but returned about an hour later. He was in cardiac arrest and died.
Defendants, including the officers and the town, have denied the allegations in court documents. The officers weren't criminally charged.
An attorney for the officers didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press on Thursday.
After the officer and Lambert first arrived at the hospital, Lambert kicked out the window of the police cruiser and ran toward the emergency room doors, according to the video. The video shows the officers repeatedly using their stun guns on Lambert as he stood in front of the doors and after he fell to the ground.
The officers then put Lambert back in the squad car, where they shocked him again while he was restrained, according to the video.
An attorney for Lambert's family didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from the AP.
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