The description of events leading to the February death of Natasha McKenna in the Fairfax County jail sounds like something out of a horror movie [“Inmate shackled in Taser death ,” Metro, April 12]. The 130-pound, shackled, mentally ill woman received four 50,000-volt shocks as she struggled and screamed, “You promised you wouldn’t hurt me!”
Ms. McKenna wasn’t a hardened criminal. The authorities knew she had mental-health issues. She wasn’t a threat. She was sick. The use of a stun gun was excessive and unwarranted.
As officials wait for the autopsy results to determine the cause of death, I pray that those involved will be held accountable for their actions. Ms. McKenna deserved treatment, not torture.
Antoinette Cleveland, Takoma Park