Full Video Of Natasha McKenna’s Death Released, Officers Will Not Face Charges
On Tuesday, Fairfax County, Virginia chief prosecutor, Raymond F. Morrogh, announced that no charges would be brought against the six male sheriff’s deputies who repeatedly tased a mentally ill woman to death in February. Today, the full video of the incident that led to Natasha McKenna’s death was released. It is horrifying and heartbreaking, making it all the more outrageous it is that this woman’s death will go unpunished.
On January 15, McKenna, who suffered from multiple mental disorders, allegedly assaulted a police officer in Alexandria, and was hospitalized for 10 days before being arrested by Fairfax County authorities. She was held in custody for eight days awaiting transfer to Alexandria, during which time her health deteriorated and her behavior became increasingly erratic. Fairfax County PD apparently tired of waiting for Alexandria PD to pick McKenna up, and arranged for the Sheriff Emergency Response Team (SERT), tasked with handling “difficult” inmates, to extract her from her jail cell and transport her.
In the video released today, six SERT officers, dressed in biohazard suits and gas masks, can be seen removing McKenna from her cell and restraining her, forcing her to the ground, shackling both her hands and feet and putting a mask over her face. McKenna, who is barely clothed, can be heard saying, “You promised me you wouldn’t kill me.” Over the course of the video, multiple officers can be heard telling McKenna to “stop resisting,” though the 5’4″ woman does not at all seem to possess or move with the “superhuman” strength described by the officers, who then Tasered her four times. McKenna stopped breathing and died a few days later.
In an e-mail to The Washington Post, Harvey J. Volzer, the attorney for McKenna’s family, called the prosecutor’s decision not to press charges “ludicrous.” He went on, “What caused her death was one officer using a taser four times on a completely helpless, mentally-impaired female in violation of rules governing the proper use of a taser, and seven additional officers doing nothing to intervene.”
You can choose to watch the video here, if you choose.
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