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Protest march held in South Boston in memory of Linwood Lambert

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Published: May. 4, 2016 at 6:09 PM EDT
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Wednesday marked three years since a man died in police custody in South Boston.

Linwood Lambert's death launched a criminal investigation, a federal lawsuit and now continuing protests.

Family and friends say they were called to not only march today in remembrance but also to continue their path for justice.

On Wednesday morning, NAACAP state and local leaders met at the Halifax County Commonwealth Attorney's office to protest her decision not to charge the officers.

Family members and friends of Lambert want to know why the investigation took three years and how it ended on the same week of Lambert's death.

Those who marched Wednesday says this is far from over.

Linwood Lambert's sister, Gwendolyn Smalls, read a letter she wrote to her brother, three years after his death.

"Because I love him. I miss him,” Smalls said. "We try and make it through. So, it's been rough, it's been really rough. It's unbelievable, it's really unbelievable that after all this time she would come to this type of conclusion."

But the Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney's investigation found the officers didn't show criminal intent.

Friends, family and supporters of Linwood Lambert took to the streets of South Boston to honor his memory and continue to push for justice.

"We want to see justice done. So that's why we are marching. For justice to come. And it will prevail. Cause God's going to see that prevail,” marcher Barbara Dickerson said.

Another marcher, Lynetta Thompson added: “The film speaks for itself, we think the time frame speaks for itself. It's been three years."

Marchers started at the Super 8 where Lambert was picked up that night in 2013, then marched to the South Boston Police Department and back towards the hospital. Those marching Wednesday say they will not rest until those officers are charged.

"We should continue to march with them until justice comes. Because this is a tragedy for our community. A tragedy for the whole United States,” said the Reverend William Avon Keen of the SCLC.

The NAACP is asking South Boston police to temporarily suspend the use of tasers and stun guns until policies are developed and all officers are properly trained.

We reached out to the police chief Wednesday to find out if the department's current training policies and any taser policies have changed since 2013. We have not heard back.