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NAACP pushes Virginia lawmakers to create special prosecutor for police custody deaths Featured

Written by Patrick Wilson | The Virginian Pilot

The state NAACP is pushing Gov. Terry McAuliffe and lawmakers to create a special prosecutor to investigate when people die in police custody.

“If you are arrested, and if you are in the custody of police officials, and your custody ends in your death … we want a special prosecutor appointed by the governor to deal with that case,” said Jack Gravely, interim executive director of the Virginia State Conference NAACP, speaking at an advocacy day Monday in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The NAACP has sent the request to McAuliffe and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. No bill has been filed. McAuliffe mentioned a controversial death in South Boston, a small town east of Danville, when he spoke to a group of about 100, saying his administration will make sure questions are answered.

The case is that of Linwood Lambert, 46, who died in May 2013 after using cocaine and being restrained by police who discharged stun guns a total of 20 times as he pleaded for them to stop, according to a report by MSNBC.

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