RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The latest on the investigation of a man who died in police custody after he used cocaine and officers shocked him repeatedly with stun guns (all times local):
A spokeswoman for Virginia's attorney general says he does not have the authority to take over an investigation into the death of a man who died in police custody after being shocked repeatedly with stun guns.
A local NAACP leader said Friday that black leaders across the state want Attorney General Mark Herring to step in for the county's prosecutor to investigate the 2013 death of Linwood Lambert Jr.
Michael Kelly, a spokesman for Attorney General Mark Herring, says criminal cases are generally the exclusive responsibility of the local prosecutor.
But Kelly said Herring's office has reached out to NAACP leadership to help address their concerns.
Kelly called the videos of the officers shocking Lambert "very troubling." He said the incident deserves a "thorough, deliberate investigation and a prompt and just resolution."
Black leaders in Virginia are calling on the state's attorney general to take over the investigation into the death of a man who died in police custody after being shocked repeatedly with stun guns.
Kevin Chandler, president of the Halifax County-South Boston NAACP, says black leaders from across the state will meet Saturday to urge Attorney General Mark Herring to step in for the county's prosecutor. The prosecutor has been reviewing Linwood Lambert Jr.'s death in 2013 for more than two years and hasn't made a decision on whether to charge the officers.
Video of the officers shocking Lambert, who was black, was released recently and has renewed interest in the case.
Chandler said they're frustrated that the investigation has taken so long. They're also seeking the immediate dismissal of the officers who were involved.
Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin said Thursday that she will take as much time as necessary to ensure that her opinion is fully developed and accurate.