Natasha McKenna was murdered by the police, plain and simple. There is really no other way to put it, or any other thing to call it when a woman is killed after being handcuffed and shackled.
Any attempt at justifying the taking of someone’s life who has been restrained to that degree is really just evidence that – to the apologist – there is nothing any member of law enforcement can ever do that will be condemned, no matter how abusive, brutal or grotesque.
The Washington Post reported that Natasha McKenna was killed by officers “after a stun gun was used on her at the Fairfax County jail in February was restrained with handcuffs behind her back, leg shackles and a mask when a sheriff’s deputy shocked her four times, incident reports obtained by The Washington Post show.”
McKenna was “a petite mother of a young child,” the Post explains. “Any explanation as to why it was acceptable to use a Taser four times on a woman whose hands are handcuffed behind her back, legs restrained, with a mask on is completely bogus.”
The post continues, saying that “numerous experts said the use of a stun gun on a fully restrained prisoner was an unreasonable use of force, particularly in a jail setting where a person is unlikely to flee. They also said Tasers are not recommended for use on the mentally ill.”
The manufacturer of Taser products even “warns against using them on people” who are in a state of “excited delirium.”
The Post adds that “using a stun gun more than three times is thought to be above the threshold for use on a single person.”
Richard Lichten, a use-of-force expert and former jail official in Los Angeles, weighed in, saying “She wasn’t a threat; she wasn’t going anywhere; she was restrained. It feels excessive, unnecessary and out of policy, based on what you’re telling me.”
Natasha death has been lied about and spun by police brutality apologists for months. Several sources explained to NBC that police detectives had been constantly denied access to the Fairfax County jail as part of their investigation into McKenna’s death.
To make matters worse, the police have yet to even explain why Natasha McKenna had been locked up in the first place.
Natasha herself was the one who initiated police contact, having called 911 after being assaulted. From there she was moved between jails and hospitals continuously without explanation.
The real question is why the mainstream media is completely ignoring this story on a national level. Doesn’t Natasha McKenna’s life matter? If you think it does, help us SPREAD THE WORD!
(Article by Shante Wooten)