Police in South Boston, Virginia broke their own rules and Tased a man multiple times, then reneged on a planned trip to the hospital, before he died in their custody, MSNBC reported.
Newly-released footage shows three officers using the devices against 46-year-old Linwood Lambert while he was handcuffed both in front of a local hospital and in a patrol car. The Tasers were used 20 times over the course of a 30-minute period.
However, the department’s rules state that Taser use “is no longer justified once the subject has been restrained,” as Linwood was during the May 4, 2013 encounter.
The footage also reveals that the officers broke the department’s rules regarding providing medical assistance to suspects after the use of a Taser. The regulations state that officers should take suspects to the emergency room at the Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital before taking them to jail.
The video shows an officer telling Lambert, “We’re not locking you up, we’re going to the ER” after handcuffing him — but not arresting him — during their initial encounter at a local motel. Lambert was reportedly hallucinating and “acting paranoid,” prompting noise complaints from other guests.
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