Fairfax County sheriff’s department released the video of deputies struggling with a mentally ill inmate Natasha McKenna, who died after being repeatedly shocked with a stun gun.
The video,which runs for approximately forty six minutes, shows the team of deputies, dressed in full bio-hazard gear with shields and masks, wrestling McKenna onto the ground. They struggled with her for over twenty minutes, in which, her face was repeatedly smothered with a plastic shield.
Virginia authorities have decided not to press charges against any of the deputies involved with McKenna’s death.
Video footage uploaded by: Fairfax County Sheriff
Thirty seven year old, Natasha McKenna, was arrested in January for attacking a police officer. McKenna had a known history of mental illness, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The video footage dates back to February 3, 2015 and was only released as Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh reported McKenna’s death as a “tragic accident,” and blamed her loss of life on “severe mental illness, coupled with the tremendous physical exertion”.
Dr. Forgash, in Morrogh’s report, diagnosed McKenna’s cause of death as “excited delirium, sudden cardiac death”.
The Virginia medical examiner who conducted McKenna’s autopsy, Dr. Jocelyn Posthumus, ruled the official cause of death to be “excited delirium associated with physical restraint including use of conducted energy device,” meaning, McKenna was shot repeatedly with a stun gun while she was shackled which is what led to her death.