RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A county prosecutor in Virginia says she won’t seek criminal charges against police officers who used stun guns multiple times on a black man before his death.
In a report released Tuesday, Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin said there’s no evidence to suggest the officers “deliberately caused or wanted” Linwood Lambert Jr.’s death.
Lambert died in May 2013 after being taken into custody by South Boston Police Officers Tiffany Bratton, Clifton Mann and Travis Clay for a mental evaluation.
The medical examiner said Lambert died of “acute cocaine intoxication.”
Martin said she found no reason to conclude that the stun guns, rather than the drugs, caused Lambert’s death.
Lambert’s sister, Gwendolyn Smalls, told The Associated Press on Monday that the prosecutor’s decision is “heartbreaking.”