“Please Don’t Kill Me Officer!” — Man’s Last Words as He Dies in Police Custody After Beating


In the early hours of the morning on May 4, 2013 police officers knocked the door of the Super Eight Motel room where Linwood Lambert had been staying. They were responding to an excessive noise complaint at the accommodation.

When Lambert responded, they found him acting paranoid and rambling somewhat incoherently about corpses buried in the ceiling.

Since he was unarmed and not a suspect, the three cops decided it was best to take him to the emergency room.

Corporal Tiffany Bratton, Officers Clifton Mann and Travis Clay were each driving their own police vehicles.

They piled him into one of the squad cars and told him he was on his way to Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. The officers decided to handcuff him.

Just over one hour later, the 46-year-old construction professional was dead.
“Why are you trying to kill me, man?”

Up until now, there was no account as such of what had happened on the short ride to the hospital on that fateful day. Now, well over two years after the unfortunate incident, police videos have been released showing what took place inside that squad car.

Minutes before his death, Lambert was tased several times and was bleeding profusely – yet, the department claims there was no police brutality.

Paramedics say that the police told them that he was resisting them; however, the videos tell a different story, it turns out he had been unconscious at that time.

Lambert remained paranoid during the ride to the hospital. The restless man asked about a light in the back seat and about the police car that was following them. He became more agitated as they approached the hospital.

As they were pulling up, Lambert kicked out the car window. Officers told him to stop immediately. Then, once they cracked the passenger door he jumped out and dashed towards the emergency room entrance and ran into the glass doors.

This is when the cops began tasing him, as a result his body became rigid all the while with his hands tied behind his back. So, when he fell to the ground he could not protect himself.

As three officers hovered on top of him, they asked him to remain on the cement floor.

“Every time you get up, I’m going to pop you,” Officer Bratton can be heard saying.
Lambert groaned in pain as he muttered, “I didn’t do nothing”. The cops repeat their warning and ask him to get on his belly and rollover.

He can be clearly seen obeying orders and not resisting the officers’ commands. Yet, the cops remind him that they would tase him again.

Finally, Lambert admitted that he had done cocaine – explanation enough for his anxiety during the encounter. It is important to note that throughout the incident he was unarmed and did not attack the cops.

Once he announced he had done the illegal drug, for the first time that night, the members of law enforcement tell him that he was under arrest. His charges were disorderly conduct and destruction of property.

The confused man pleads them to stop using the stun gun.

“Why are you trying to kill me, man?” He can be heard saying.

“Don’t do it, please don’t do it, please officers.”

As the hospital staff looked on, the cops decided to take Lambert back to the squad car. The visit that they had brought him for was all of a sudden unnecessary.

Excessive force

Records show that he was tased at least 20 times in around 30 minutes. Witnesses say at one point three officers were using their stun guns on him at the same time.

Lambert suffered about 87 seconds of tasing. This intensity, federal guidelines suggest, can cause serious injury or death.

Officer Bratton used her weapon a total of 15 times, out of which 10 discharges occurred in a two-minute window.

Indicative of how indifferent the cops were to Lambert’s pain are Officer Mann’s remarks that he made after Clay left with the victim to drop him to jail.

The former had to stay back to talk to a hospital worker.

When the staff member asks him if the arrested man would be brought to hospital, the cop can be heard snickering.

“We were,” said Clay, “now he’s going to jail.” 

“He’s bleeding like a hog,” he added.

A short ride

During his ride to the jail, Lambert can be seen lying unconscious.

Once he got there, officers tried to revive him and even attempted CPR but nothing worked. So, an ambulance had to be called to take him back to the hospital.

His time of death was 6:23 AM; just 85 minutes after the police had offered to help him.
Court orders

The videos would not have been released, had it not been for Lambert’s sister Gwendolyn Smalls. She filed a lawsuit, which resulted in a court order instructing a release of the footage from that night.

She watched the damning recording for the first time last month. She describes it as a “nightmare”.

Lambert’s father has also seen the videos.

“You wouldn’t do any human or any species like that. I don’t think anyone could hate someone that bad to inflict pain such as what they did.”

The $25 million civil lawsuit filed by the family alleges excessive force, wrongful death, denial of medical care amongst other claims. The police have denied every single one of these accusations.

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  • gangreen boss

    All three of those pigs should be slaughtered! Just like the bleeding hog they described. Oh what I wouldn’t do to get a chance to eat popcorn and watch those cops slowly bleed out while disemboweled I would stare in there eyes and laugh while slowly pouring rubbing alcohol to “help them prevent infection” Lmfao! FTP Only Good Cops are Six feet under or Dust in the wind.

  • Zephiroth

    Yelling at someone to calm down, while they’re clearly under the influence of something that is making them agitated and paranoid, is not going to make them calm down. Also, shooting them with TWO tasers and telling them to calm down is not going to work. How do they get these jobs? They have no common sense and they do nothing but escalate situations to the point where someone gets killed. Blows my fucking mind every single time I see a video like this. I guess my brain just can’t process the sheer stupidity. They really need to up their qualification standards and make extensive changes to their training material and retrain these imbeciles before handing out any more badges.

    • Hugh Culliton

      Your preaching to the choir, my friend.

    • Whitepigs rape babyboys

      Toilet njgger babies you just killed your recessive diseased round eyed gapping neck hole dork embarrassment race!!!

      GO=D~~~ CONSUME SOFT TARGET COWARDS(pederast child raping police/whitepig).

      Whitepig cannot make dominant and healthy but dominant and healthy can make failure white njgger toilet diseased babies!!!

  • Yup Nash-Shannon

    All 3 cops should be publicly euthanized without trial.

    • James Michael

      No….. they should get the same exact trial they gave that man before they murdered him…..Oh wait you are right….. they didn’t….

      No trial….. kill the psychopathic feral sworn servants………

  • Gaëtan Bertinchamps

    Fils de pute.

  • leastyebejudged

    Nothing is going to change until the public intervenes and kills some dirty cops who deserve it.

    These cops deserve to die.

    • Whitepigs rape babyboys

      Your race deserves death and looks to me that stupid shlts like you and your failure family of inrecessive-white bread is about to fkkk off this earth!!!

      Dumb fkkks I told you not to fkkk around with the GO=D~~~ CONSUME gap neck hOle!!!

  • R.Cole

    There have been over 350 recorded deaths of people in custody because of tasers. They should be relieved of tasers as well as guns. I think towns should be looking into private police like one town in east Texas did. Funny thing, crime dropped 60%. Leads me to believe either the cops were committing the crime or they were not doing there jobs, either way good riddance! You would think that after all the other crap going on, that they would be trying to improve their image. Brother and sister cops covering for bad cops, you are just as guilty for keeping a blind eye! There is a special place in “Hell” for you. When I was in Vietnam, where folks were always trying to kill us, we treated our pows with more respect, and if we were ever caught doing what some of these officers are doing, we would have been placed in the stock aide, and charged. There needs to be accountability. They will not let the trucking industry police itself, they don’t let the railroads police themselves, and law enforcement shouldn’t be policing themselves either! I couldn’t finish watching it.

  • Whitepigs rape babyboys

    Failures, failures, failures!!!
    Don’t forget!!! Soft targets wanted!!!
    Whitepigs your race and system are failures!!!
    Toilet njgger babies (whitepig round eyed diseased recessive coward race) you just killed yourselves!!!


  • Whitepigs rape babyboys

    White pig your recessive diseased coward round eyed loser race and toilet monkeys just killed yourselves preying on SOFT TARGETS!!!



  • Shemp

    omg, cops have no common sense. I wish they would just realize that they are taking lives and just kill themselves. or get caught stealing money from a youth group and kill themselves making it look like they were murdered, remember GI Joe cop? they should all kill themselves.

  • James Robertson

    One thing black Americans have to look at is most white police officers don’t even look at us as human. Listen to the K.K.K. when they describe us, and what they think of us. If you ignore them because you think America loves you, you have another thought coming. How many white Congressmen or women have spoke up for us in the sight of unjust killings in the murder of black people. They will tell us its always something that the black man have done to cause his death, compliance only means that, I’m going to kill you anyway. From slavery to now its nothing have changed for the black man. Even in death we are always at fault for living, its because although some whites may have sympathy for us, others may kill us in a New York, minute. Never think Blacks have arrived in this country, if you do you are signing your own death warrant. You can have your kneecap torn off your leg, while minding your own business by a white man when you get to Court your case will be dismissed. I had this to happen to me its not hearsay.

  • Jason Douglas Saville

    Not a good way to do police work at all. We’re definitely calling for a death penalty on those piggy ass fat fuck officers.