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Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit after Death of Mentally Ill Inmate

Justice scale on blue backgroundThe family of a 37-year-old mentally ill inmate, who died last year after being repeatedly stunned by a Taser has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The Fairfax County jail guards were trying to transfer Natasha McKenna to another facility when she confronted them. The guards stunned her four times by a Taser while she was still partially restrained.

McKenna’s family is seeking $15 million in damages.

Samuel DuBose: $4,850,000 Wrongful Death Settlement

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The settlement over Samuel DuBose’s Wrongful Death in police custody is $4,850,000 plus free undergraduate education for the deceased’s twelve children. DuBose was shot by Police Officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop. Dubose was shot on Rice Street near Thill Street in the Mount Auburn district after being stopped for not having front license plates. On July 29, Tensing was indicted on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter.

The agreement was announced on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. DuBose’s sister, Terina DuBose-Allen said “We’re not happy, we’re not satisfied – those aren’t the words. The settlement means we’re moving forward and we can heal.”

In addition to payment to the DuBose family of $4.85 million and tuition, the settlement includes a memorial to DuBose,an apology from the UC President,and an invitation for DuBose’s family to participate in Community Advisory Committee meetings.