Feds: No charges against officers in Virginia stun gun case

FILE- In this Nov. 12, 2015, file photo, Gwendolyn Smalls poses for a photo in her home in Richmond, Va. Smalls' brother, Linwood R. Lambert Jr., died in police custody in May of 2013 after being repeatedly stunned by South Boston police. U.S. Attorney John Fishwick Jr. said Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, that he will not pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against three Virginia police officers who used stun guns multiple times onLambert Jr. before his death. The officers face a $25 million civil lawsuit filed by Gwendolyn Smalls. A trial was originally set for early 2017, but he officers’ attorneys have asked for it to be pushed back until later in the year.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
FILE- In this Nov. 12, 2015, file photo, Gwendolyn Smalls poses for a photo in her home in Richmond, Va. Smalls' brother, Linwood R. Lambert Jr., died in police custody in May of 2013 after being repeatedly stunned by South Boston police. U.S. Attorney John Fishwick Jr. said Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, that he will not pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against three Virginia police officers who used stun guns multiple times onLambert Jr. before his death. The officers face a $25 million civil lawsuit filed by Gwendolyn Smalls. A trial was originally set for early 2017, but he officers’ attorneys have asked for it to be pushed back until later in the year. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal prosecutor says he will not pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against three Virginia police officers who used stun guns multiple times on a black man before his death.

U.S. Attorney John Fishwick Jr. said Thursday that an investigation into death of Linwood Lambert Jr. found insufficient evidence to prove that the three officers violated federal law by willfully using unreasonable force against the man.

Lambert died after being taken into custody by South Boston Police Officers Tiffany Bratton, Clifton Mann and Travis Clay in May 2013.

Police dash cam and hospital surveillance videos released last year show officers using stun guns on Lambert multiple times after taking him to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

An autopsy report said Lambert died of “cocaine-induced excited delirium.”

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