Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 2.34.18 PMTwo weeks after 37-year-old Natasha McKenna smiled before she was booked into the Fairfax County jail, she was dead. She died several days after being tased by Sheriff’s deputies who were trying to transport her to the Alexandria jail.

McKenna, who had a history of mental illness, was taken into custody in February, and  according to the Washington Post, during her arrest McKenna’s hands were “cuffed behind her back and tied to the shackles on her feet and her face was covered with a mask to prevent biting and spitting.” After resisting arrest and not complying with officers, McKenna was then shocked with four 50,000 volts from a Taser. Soon after receiving the shots, she went into cardiac arrest and died several days later.

“They didn’t need to confront her this way. They made it worse,” McKenna’s mother, Marlene Williams, told the Post. “She was mentally sick.”

Unfortunately not too many people are familiar with McKenna’s story. And there were no marches for the death of a black woman at the hands of the police. People are wondering why?

Virginia has now changed its laws when it comes to the use of Tasers after McKenna’s death at the hands of police, but much more needs to be changed. Black women are commonly overlooked when it comes to being the subjects of police brutality and it needs to stop.

Black women’s lives matter too.

Photo Credit: Fairfax County Police Department

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  • Mary Burrell

    No marching for poor Rekia Boyd and the other deceased female victims.

    • [email protected]

      That’s a great point. There should be no double standards involving this situation. All black lives matter regardless of gender. The dignity of black women should always be honored and respected.

    • newt dal

      Don’t Black women know how to organize themselves and march?

  • Delia

    I didn’t hear about this until Clutch ‘s post.
    What happened to the ‘professional training’? Why does the police use deadly force as the first tactic against unarmed people?
    Where’s the mental health education for officers? I’m getting worn out on these senseless killings. Seriously.