The video is like something out of a horror movie. The last moments of Natasha McKenna’s life were recorded on a 45-minute video, just released by a Virginia Sheriff’s Department.
The video shows deputies electrocuting McKenna to death in a the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. McKenna was being transferred to a facility in Alexandria following an arrest for assaulting a police officer just the week before.
Deputies say they were “forced” to use the Taser several times, even though there were half a dozen of them. They claimed the African American woman possessed “superhuman strength”, even implying their bizarre believe that she was “demon possessed” and “growled like a demon” during their brutal – and ultimately fatal – assault on the 37-year-old woman.
The video tells a very different story than the supernatural narrative outlined by police.
It documents McKenna refusing to leave her cell, which was located in the jail’s mental health unit.
“You promised me you wouldn’t kill me,” McKenna can be heard saying in the video, right before deputies killed her. “I didn’t do anything.”
Doctors in the facility who had been treating McKenna’s schizophrenia, told deputies that she was not being intentionally defiant, but lacked the ability to process what was happening to her.
Even her arrest on January 26th, for an incident which occurred 11 days before, was not a normal attack on an officer, but was instead a psychotic breakdown. She was held without bail in jail while staff determined whether she should be in a psychiatric facility.
Disturbingly, a five-person Emergency Response Team rushed into McKenna’s cell. They were in biohazard suits, which certainly could not have calmed the schizophrenic woman down. They but a “spit sock” bag over her head, because they claimed she had bitten a deputy before.
“There is no evidence that any of the deputies acted maliciously, sadistically or with the intent to punish or cause harm to Ms. McKenna at any point in the struggle,” Ray Morrogh, the Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney said. “To the contrary, they did their best, under very difficult circumstances, to restrain, control and prevent Ms. McKenna from injuring herself or others.”
The coroner, in collusion with the police, said that McKenna’s death was caused by “excited delirium” which is essentially a fabricated condition according to most medical experts.
“It was Ms. McKenna’s severe mental illness, coupled with the tremendous physical exertion she put forth over an extended period of time struggling with deputies that resulted in a cascade of lethal chemical reactions inside her body,” a statement by the commonwealth’s attorney read.
Mental health expert, Pete Earley said McKenna shouldn’t even have been arrested, she should have been treated.
“The prosecutor is telling us on one hand that this woman needed to be restrained and tasered because she was so out of control,” Earley explained. “And then on the other hand, we’re seeing a tape where she comes out (of her jail cell). She’s saying, ‘You said you weren’t going to hurt me.’ She’s immediately taken to the floor. There’s not one moment where she’s in control. There’s never one moment where these officer’s lives are being threatened.”
The sheriff, Stacy Kincaid, said “Natasha McKenna did not die in vain, and there will be something good that comes of this tragedy, and that is a better system that’s going to be set up in terms of how we treat those with mental illness.”
Watch the horrifying video of this incident below…
(Article by Shante Wooten and M. David)