Video Shows Officers Using Taser on Natasha McKenna Who Died In Fairfax Jail

Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid posted a YouTube video of Natasha McKenna being removed from her cell. The 37 year old McKenna had schizophrenia and died after being shot with a taser numerous times. Here is a link to the video. The Commonwealth Attorney blamed McKenna’s death on her, claiming she had super human strength and quoting a deputy saying it was as if she were possessed by demons. Is that what you see here? If you can’t stand watching all of it, speed forward to minute 35 when they discover she is unconscious. This is such a tragedy. She should have never been taken to jail.

Clarification added at 9:30 p.m.: A local television newscast quoted me tonight saying that the forced cell extraction of Natasha McKenna was one of the least violent that I had ever seen. I was describing how McKenna exited her cell. She did not come out fighting, screaming and resisting deputies. She walked out naked in handcuffs and did not resist when deputies first approached her. My use of the words “non-violent” were intended to challenge Prosecutor Raymond F. Morrogh’s  earlier characterization of McKenna as being someone with super human strength who was violent, out-of-control, and, as one deputy was quoted saying ‘demonically possessed.’ These descriptions were used by Morrogh to justify the medical examiner’s claim that McKenna died because of “excited delirium.”

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