February 8th marks the 4 year anniversary of Natasha McKenna’s death while in police custody as an inmate at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
McKenna was a mentally ill inmate who was being transported to an Alexandria prison, during the transport there was a struggle which was recorded by the Fairfax County Sheriff’s office. During that struggle she was tased, which caused her to go into cardiac arrest. She was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital where she was placed on life-support and died soon after.
Since the death of McKenna, a group called “Showing Up For Racial Justice” has been gathering in the streets of Northern Virginia to bring awareness to the death of McKenna.
“We have been out on the intersection of 59 and 20 to try and raise some public consciousness and keep what happened to Natasha McKenna out in the world out here in Fairfax where a lot of people seem to either been ignorant of the case all along or just have forgotten her,” said Cayce Utley, event organizer.
WDVM reached out to the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office and since the incident they have started many programs like Diversion First which is an alternative to incarceration for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities.