Fairfax County’s head prosecutor announced Tuesday that he will not pursue charges in the controversial death of a mentally ill woman who died after being restrained and Tasered at the Fairfax County jail in February, calling it a “tragic accident”.
Natasha McKenna, 37, resisted a team of deputies trying to remove her from her cell for a transfer. The deputies placed her in handcuffs, leg restraints and a mask before Tasering her four times. McKenna stopped breathing a short time later and died days later at a hospital.
As Ms. McKenna lay on life support in a hospital before dying, her mother took photos of her battered body — two black eyes, a missing or amputated finger, severe bruises running the length of her left arm.
Two days after the announcement to let the murderer cops go free, Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid released the 45-min video that shows a prolonged struggle between a naked, mentally ill Natasha McKenna and five deputies in biohazard suits. In the video (which contains disturbing content) McKenna fights deputies for more than 17 minutes while they torture and tase her repeatedly while naked. About 38 minutes into the recording, she loses consciousness.
“There is no better way for me to share what actually occurred than to make this video available to view for the community in its entirety,” Kincaid said at the start of the 48-minute video.
At the start of the encounter, a deputy says, “Natasha, we’re here to take you out,” and then McKenny utters her last words:
“You promised me you wouldn’t kill me. I didn’t do anything,” McKenna says.
Neither Morrogh nor McKenna’s family attorney, Harvey Volzer, could be immediately reached for comment.
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